"The Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative is providing a federal framework for using distributed learning to provide high-quality education and training, that can be tailored to individual needs and delivered cost-effectively, anytime and anywhere. The Department of Defense (DoD) has developed its ADL Strategic Plan that describes how it expects to use information, computing and communications and technologies to modernize military education, training, and performance support. Importantly, the ADL Initiative's underpinnings and applications are germane not only to the Department of Defense, but to other government organizations, academia, and the private sector, as well. The ADL Initiative, therefore, is a cooperative effort between the public and private sectors to develop and share common standards, reusable learning tools, and content. The department's education and training programs must prepare the total force to meet national security challenges and opportunities. Training technologies, those available today as well as those on the horizon, provide an opportunity to help us achieve that goal. We must be able to train our forces effectively and rapidly, whether they are at home stations, en route, or in the theater of operations. The tools under development through the ADL Initiative will add another level of learning capability and the opportunity to strengthen our already impressive inventory of learning technologies, techniques, and procedures. The ADL Initiative, under which this Department of Defense Implementation Plan for Advanced Distributed Learning has been developed, is a complex and dynamic undertaking. It is designed to meet the goals of the department, the Congress, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), as well as the requirements of the warfighter and the DoD learner. This Implementation Plan is a living roadmap that will change over time."
Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC): http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/