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The Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative


In 1997, in the earliest days of the ADL Initiative, DoD established the Total Force Advanced Distributed Learning Action Team, “which meets monthly to document and coordinate learning initiatives throughout the military departments and defense agencies” (Parmentier, 2000, p. 4). Today, that original concept has evolved into the Defense ADL Advisory Committee (or DADLAC, pronounced “dad-lack”). Since 2007, the DADLAC has served as an advisory group to foster information exchange, resource sharing, and collaboration across the DoD.

The ADL Initiative chairs the DADLAC, and its core members include designated distributed learning leaders from:

  • Joint Staff J7/Joint Knowledge Online (JKO)
  • Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)
  • Marine Corps Training and Education Command (TECOM)
  • Naval Education and Training Command (NETC)
  • Air Force Air Education and Training Command (AETC)
  • DoD Chief Learning Officer (CLO)

Frequently, representatives from other organizations, such as the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO), participate regularly or are otherwise invited to participate on an ad-hoc basis, as needed.