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TRADOC Mobile Initiative

  1. Purpose. To provide the background and way-ahead for an enduring capability to support the Army’s mobile initiatives for training and education.
  2. Facts.
    1. Army learning institutions require the right technologies, network infrastructure, and content/applications for mobile technologies to fully operationalize the Army Learning Model. This requires both a short-term solution to policy, network, and mobile device requirements and a long-term organizational structure to sustain these solutions for the Army training and education enterprise.
    2. TRADOC established a TRADOC Project Office (TPO) Mobile in August 2013 to provide common direction and address complex issues in the implementation of mobile initiatives. By September 2014, Senior Leaders across TRADOC determined that an enduring organization would be better suited to support mobile requirements, and TPO Mobile began the transition to a TRADOC Capability Manager (TCM) Mobile. As part of the transition, nine positions were identified as a minimum organizational strength. The nine positions consist of one Active Duty Officer (LTC/FA53) who is the capability manager, and eight Department of the Army Civilians (DACs) who assist the capability manager. The eight DACs were resourced internally through Army Training Support Center (ATSC). The Active Duty position was unable to be filled internally across TRADOC; therefore external support was requested. To fill the immediate gap HQDA approved a TRADOC Directed Military Overstrength (DMO) for one year (FY16). The long permanent authorization, though requires recoding from across TRADOC’s personnel allocations. Thus, TRADOC G3/5/7 identified an authorization to be recoded as the O5/53A Capability Manager for Mobile. Final approval is currently pending at HQDA, ACofS G1.
    3. The TCM Mobile will provide centralized management and governance for Army’s mobile learning initiatives, manage requirements for a mobile application hosting environment, and provide a single interface on mobile issues related to training and education throughout the Army. This capability will help address aspects of the human dimension in the Army Leader Development Strategy, operationalize the Army Learning Model, and evolve the total Army school system to provide the right education and training to the right individual at the right time.
    4. The TCM Mobile coordinates and synchronizes mobile learning initiatives. Near-term initiatives consists of two phases. The first phase (FY15/16) major objectives are: installation of baseline NIPR wireless infrastructure in active learning locations at Forts Jackson, Eustis, Benning, Lee, Rucker, Sill, Leonard Wood, and Gordon; initial procurement of Windows-based mobile devices to support centers and schools; establish the Army’s training and education mobile application development capability and hosting environment, the TRADOC Applications Gateway (TAG); transition NIPR infrastructure sustainment to a NETCOM baseline service; and develop a long-term sustainment strategy. Establishment of the TAG lets Soldiers know that applications published there contain Army proponent approved content. The second phase (FY17-21) major objectives are: continue expansion of NIPR wireless and address commercial wireless requirements; employ mobile device management (MDM) and secure app containerization solutions; and establish a capability to support Bring-Your-Own-Device for training and education.
    5. This mobile initiative, coupled with highly dynamic learning content accessible via mobile devices, will allow Soldiers, leaders, and Army civilians the ability to learn faster and adapt more quickly than our adversaries.

LTC Joseph Harris/TCM Mobile

Last Reviewed: 1/27/2016 3:41:29 PM