The concept of advanced distributed learning simultaneously matured in several different Defense offices and Federal programs throughout the mid-1990s. To integrate these disparate, burgeoning efforts, the DoD established the ADL Initiative. Over time, the DoD as well as the White House and Congress, assigned additional formal responsibilities and authorities to the program.
Originally, the ADL Initiative Program Element (PE) number was 0603769SE. This PE designates the ADL Initiative as an “Advanced Technology Development” program, reporting to the Defense Human Resources Agency. However, beginning in FY17, the ADL Initiative’s PE realigned to Washington Headquarters Services. Correspondingly, the PE number changed to 0603769D8Z.