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The ADL Initiative was established to guide, expand, and explore how Federal training programs, initiatives, and policies can better support flexible, lifelong learning using technology. While Defense personnel remain the core constituents of the ADL Initiative, policy documents published in the late 1990’s directed the ADL Initiative to serve the entire Federal workforce as well as international partners, industry, and academia.

Collaboration Across Defense

The ADL Initiative actively participates with formal global defense bodies in topics related to training, education, and associated distributed learning capabilities. DoD Directive 1322.18 (“Military Training”) reissues reference and updates policies and responsibilities for training of military individuals, units, and staffs, DoD civilian employees and, when authorized, contractors, allies, and other US Government or non-Government agency personnel. DoD Instruction 1322.26 (“Distributed Learning”) is derived from this directive. Advanced distributed learning saves time and money for the DoD (and Federal government) by creating and implementing technology interoperability specifications and stewarding associated policy, by identifying and eliminating inter-Service and interagency duplications of effort, and by matching stakeholders with needs to those with solutions.

Collaboration with Industry, Academia, and Professional Standards Bodies

The ADL Initiative belongs to, or otherwise actively participates with various professional societies and related standards/specifications organizations such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Learning Technology Standards Committee, IMS Global Learning Consortium, and the International Organization for Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission Information Technology for Learning, Education and Training committee.