Now I was a very small part of this large and talented team but it is nice to occasionally be able to share with folks the end result of what I have been working on for several months (although none of you can get to the military side unless you have AKO accounts) but anyway...you can see the new public side to the whole serious games discussion (and hopefully participate in it) here.
By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, April 27, 2007 – A new system unveiled today is designed to better prepare servicemembers to operate with other services, government agencies, foreign militaries and non-governmental organizations while reducing the time they spend away from home or their units for military classes.
David S.C. Chu, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, joined
Air Force Gen. Lance L. Smith, commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command, at the
general’s headquarters in Suffolk, Va., to officially cut the ribbon on the new
Joint Knowledge Online, or JKO, enterprise portal system.
The system will go live worldwide April 30 to deliver coursework and learning tools for people involved in integrated, joint operations, Smith told reporters during a teleconference following the ceremony.
Chu called JKO a major step in the Defense Department’s training transformation effort to improve how it prepares its people for their missions around the world. It recognizes that operations now and in the future will be not just joint, but also integrated, meaning they include elements of other U.S. government agencies, foreign militaries and non-governmental organizations, he said.
“For our forces to be effective in that world, they have to prepare with a joint perspective from the start,” he said.
JKO’s distance-learning classes will give users a chance to learn or brush up on skills they need to operate in a challenging and constantly changing environment, Chu said.