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International Collaboration

The 1999 ADL Strategic Plan highlighted the relevance of the ADL Initiative for international militaries, noting that it “…represents a unique opportunity to supplement Military Assistance and multinational initiatives, including the Partnership for Peace (PfP), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the Technical Cooperation Program, and others…” (p. 18). Today, The ADL Initiative continues to support these organizations, for instance, co-chairing the NATO Training Group on Individual Training and Education Developments and supporting the TTCP Human Resources collaborative project on Improving Cost Efficiency and Effectiveness of Defence Training Systems. The ADL Initiative also operates a Global Partnership Network with representatives from international defense organizations.


International Defense Cooperatives

The ADL Initiative actively participates with formal international defense bodies in topics related to training, education, and associated distributed learning capabilities.

  • NATO: The NATO Training Group encourages collaboration on training and education across the NATO Alliance and Partnership for Peace countries. The NATO Training Group consists of a steering committee, executive working group, three service task groups, and three NATO Training Group task groups. Based on authorities granted, ADL Initiative serves as the U.S. delegate and co-chair of the Individual Training and Education Developments (IT&ED) task group, which was established over 45 years ago to coordinate on challenges, solutions, and forward planning in all areas of individual training and education. The group meets twice annually, and during these meetings nations discuss joint projects, share information on training and education policies and issues, and make decisions to improve coalition individual training and education.
  • PfPC: The Partnership for Peace Consortium is an international security cooperation organization of over 800 defense academies and security studies institutes across 60 countries. Members collaborate, organize, and participate in seminars and working groups, conduct research, and develop educational tools and scholarly publications in order to strengthen defense and military education. Like the NATO Training Group, the PfPC has established a series of study/working groups, including one on advanced distributed learning, on which ADL Initiative participates.
  • TTCP: The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP) is a research and development cooperative including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and U.S. national members. Through TTCP, these nations collaboratively explore concepts related to defense issues. Like the NATO Training Group and PfPC efforts described above, TTCP appoints working groups for key topical areas. Based on authorities granted, ADL Initiative serves as the U.S. representative to the Individual Training and Education Technical Panel (#23), an ad hoc task group under the TTCP Human Resources and Performance Group.