I/ITSEC 2014 Friday Seminar

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Back to the Future: Missions, METLS, DRRS, Capabilities, Oh My!

Achievement starts with a definite sense of Mission.  All must understand the central role played by the Universal Joint Task List (UJTL) and the Joint Training System (JTS) in aligning policies and concepts to produce 21st century capabilities across DOD.  Do you understand "mission architectures?"  Can you describe the purpose and potential applications for Mission Essential Tasks?  Can you describe how conditions help us know we are ready to win?  How do we know we are building interoperable systems- DRRS, JTIMS, etc. for mission planning, preparation, training, capabilities, and assessment?  How do we learn from "lessons learned"?  How do we ensure we remain focused on excellence, achievement, and rewarding ever-improving performance?

Two key concepts of Training Transformation- Training Transparency and Mission Rehearsal must endure.  Beginning with a "Mission focus," this seminar delves into the execution of the UJTL and the JTS process and its links to DRRS, Capabilities, and other programs across DOD to illumine the way ahead.

                This session will equip current and future leaders and decision makers involved in designing and developing mission architectures and supporting systems with insights to capitalize on existing directives.  Bring a desire to learn to complement a focus on mission accomplishment.


After this session:

Ø  Attendees will be able to integrate the UJTL and JTS processes into their programs and operations from strategic to operational to tactical and from headquarters to battlefields to the air or at sea.

Ø  Attendees will be able to describe the progress- or lack of it, in capabilities-based programs across DOD and redouble our efforts to achieve the vision of a capabilities-based force.

Ø  Attendees will be able to identify opportunities to apply the UJTL-JTS METL process to their capability development effort.

Ø  Attendees will be able to recognize when existing policies have not been applied correctly or in line with DOTMLPF-P, and make knowledgeable recommendations to improve the systems.

Ø  Attendees will be able to appreciate the 4 V’s:  Visualize the Mission, Value the contributions, Verify progress, and Validate COAs.

Ø  After this session, attendees will be able to inject lessons learned back into the process in terms of improved tasks, conditions, standards,  or DOTMLPF-P changes that drive better performance.



1. Elevator Speech

            METLs and the JTS process equip commanders/ leaders with 4 V's.  They help them:

            Visualize the Mission

            Value the contributions

            Verify Progress

            Validate COAs (Courses of Action)

2.  The UJTL and Joint Training System

            UJTL is foundation for DOD capabilities--planning, training, readiness, capabilities development, and lessons learned.

3. T2 concept- Training Transformation

            Training Transparency

            Mission Rehearsal

            Ideas: "Plan-Brief-Execute-Debrief" PBED or From Crawl-Walk-Run to Talk-Walk-Run

Use measures to drive performance improvement- Think Batting Average passer rating if you're into "Fantasy" sports/ Sabre-metrics or Stock markets/ Jim Kramer

Mission architecture- how to connect and align policy/ programs/ capabilities

Training Transformation- Mission rehearsal and training transparency

4.  MET Framework- Do this task... under these conditions... to this standard.

Good measures and standards-why they must be reviewed and revised "as often as "conditions" change

5.  JTS Process- Feedback and double loop learning

Continuous improvement- Learning Organization- Innovation

Use GPRA and watch the development flow from OODA to Deming to Double loop learning- Lean Six Sigma- Theory of Constraints... but it all point to "Managing excellence with measures"

DRRS vs Congressional directives and GAO

5. Feedback and systems       

DRRS and Standards

DRRS and Conditions-Why Conditions matter

6.  How universal is the idea?  -- The METL concept and new "capabilities"

7. Capabilities and "DOTMPLPF-P"  -  "The language of Capabilities is the language of METs"

8.  Lessons Learned

9.  Closing the GAPs- DOTMLPF-P

10.  Way Ahead-

Knowledge-  What do we need to know- when?


21st century systems- think Walmart accounting, transportation, or warehousing 

                      Think Amazon

                      Think: Real time- Joint -Trends - Predictive - "Anticipatory"

Summary:  Lots of Progress- but not nearly as much as we could have made- let's get on with it!

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