Engineering Center (TARDEC), was developed to speed at which Soldiers can recover vehicles and
protect Soldiers from improvised explosive devices provides enhanced situational awareness for mission
and explosively formed penetrators. The armor is planning and intelligence gathering.
50-percent lighter that previous MRAP armor kits
and increases protection without sacrificing vehicle Army Unit Receives Top Honors at 2009
performance. Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards
One System Remote Video Terminal A-kit, from The Department of Defense (DOD) honored the
TARDEC, is a modular video and data system that 1st Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, from
provides the capability for Soldiers to receive near- Fort Hood, Texas, as the 2009 Phoenix Award Winner.
real-time surveillance image and geospatial data The award, part of the Secretary of Defense Mainte-
remotely from tactical unmanned aerial vehicles nance Awards, recognizes the unit as the top field-
and manned platforms. This improves the safety and level maintenance unit among Active and Reserve
Army Adapts Courses to Fit ARFORGEN Further changes lengthen warrant officer schooling to
“Institutional adaptation” describes the Army’s make room for training in leadership, knowledge manage-
recent efforts to mold courses at Army schools and ment, project management, policy, strategy, globalization,
training centers to better fit into the Army Force Gen- and media relations.
eration (ARFORGEN) cycle.
During the Association of the United States Army Wiki-Functions Tested as a Tool for Improving
annual meeting in Washington, D.C., Brigadier Gen- Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures
eral Dana J.H. Pittard, the Deputy Chief of Staff, The Army has tested a program that allows Soldiers
G–3/5/7, of the Army Training and Doctrine Com- and leaders to update field manuals (FMs) that describe
mand, explained some of the changes that will influ- tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP) in a wiki
ence the flexibility of leader development. environment in the same way that users can update
“The Warrior Leader Course used to be 29 days, Wikipedia entries. Staff from the Army Combined Arms
now it is 15 to 17 days, and it is also on the road,” Center’s Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate at Fort
said Pittard. “The shortening of the Advanced Leader Leavenworth, Kansas, launched the test in an attempt to
Course, or the old BNCOC [Basic Noncommissioned accelerate knowledge sharing as compared to the time-
Officer Course], to 8 weeks for most of the schools, consuming staffing process traditionally used for revi-
[is] again bending our system to make sure that we sions of these FMs.
are in support of ARFORGEN.” TTP FMs will be renamed Army tactics, techniques,
Pittard said the Army is eliminating Basic Officer and procedures (ATTP). The Army Training and Doc-
Leader Course (BOLC) Phase II. “We will now have trine Command (TRADOC) identified over 200 potential
BOLC A and BOLC B. Again, [we are] trying to get ATTPs during a doctrine reengineering study in May 2009.
leaders, young lieutenants, out there quicker and trained