Gen. Odierno Unveils Project WarriorProject-Warrior-Blog
Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, Gen. Ray Odierno, plans to restart the program called Project Warrior. The goal behind the move is to train soldiers that are adaptive to a broad spectrum of operational environmental conditions, with the professional acumen to recognize both opportunities and risks. He took to the Army’s official blog to lay out his vision.
Critical to effectively managing this transition described in the Army Training Strategy is the development of agile and adaptive leaders. These leaders must be agile enough to rapidly adjust from conducting stability operations in a counterinsurgency one day to conducting offensive operations against a large conventional force the next. They must be adaptive to a broad spectrum of operational environmental conditions, with the professional acumen to recognize both opportunities and risks. One of the programs I am restarting to build these agile, adaptive leaders is Project Warrior.
Project Warrior is a program in which Captains serve two years as an Observer-Coach-Trainer (OCT) at a maneuver combat training center (MCTC), followed by two years as a Small Group Instructor (SGI) at a TRADOC Center of Excellence (CoE). This program was first implemented in 1989 to fill an experience void created by the departure of Vietnam-era combat veteran instructors, since the combat training centers provided the closest experience to actual combat operations. Project Warrior was eventually suspended due to operational requirements in Iraq and Afghanistan. My intent in reinstituting Project Warrior is to infuse observations, insights, and lessons gained from multiple MCTC Decisive Action rotations against hybrid threats, back into the Force through the TRADOC CoEs. Our current generation of company grade officers is fully proficient at counterinsurgency operations. However, they lack experience conducting simultaneous offense, defense, and stability operations against hybrid threats, which include conventional and irregular forces, terrorists, and criminal elements. With the MCTCs currently transforming to Decisive Action training against these types of threats, we need to once again take advantage of the experience and doctrinal expertise OCTs gain while serving at the combat training centers.
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