Force Transformation is an important component of our national security strategy; therefore, the National Defense University seeks to develop a leadership position in the study of Force Transformation.
The Office of Force Transformation was established to provide assessments to the Secretary of Defense on transformation progress while simultaneously highlighting and examining new technologies and capabilities, new concepts, and new organizational constructs. OFT also was tasked to assist in developing force transformation strategies. Perhaps most ambitiously, OFT has been charged to seek ways to affect the cultural change that is at the heart of transformation. A key strategy for the latter effort is the Education for Transformation Initiative. Central to this initiative is the establishment of Transformation Chairs at each major DoD learning institution. The objective is to establish an authoritative champion for transformational studies at each institution to assist in creating courses, spurring research, and helping to infuse existing curriculum with transformational considerations. The intent of OFT is to create a network of educators who are resourced and have the incentives to collaborate in the development and offering of cutting edge courses on fundamental elements of transformation.
The Transformation Chair was created in 2005. Duties of the Transformation Chair are:
- Actively collaborate with other Transformation Chairs and OFT on all matters related to education for transformation. This includes, but is not limited to, participating in quarterly meetings of all Transformation Chairs; assisting in development of short courses in other areas; identifying subject-matter expertise and existing curriculum within NDU that might assist others in Short Course Development; and coordinating for subject-matter experts from NDU and the national capital region to support development and deployment of Transformation Short Courses as required;
- Develop curriculum for and teach courses on Force Transformation at the National War College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces;
- Organize and lead the Force Transformation presentations at the CAPSTONE courses at NDU;
- Act as an agent for knowledge creation by serving as OFT’s focal point for NDU’s participation in the Transformation Research Program;
- Perform research and publish to expand the knowledge base of the field of Force Transformation;
- Within ninety days of appointment as the Force Transformation Chair at NDU, select a specific OFT-designated transformation focus area in which to become the transformation chair of excellence and focal point amongst the established network of educators. Within one year, develop and deliver a Transformation Short Course (3-4 days) using NDU resources on the selected subject for an audience of 25 to 30 persons determined in collaboration with OFT;
- Co-ordinate efforts across schools to teach and research in the area of Force Transformation at NDU;
- Maintain close contact with the OFT chairs at other defense education institutions and ensure that research and curriculum materials are shared;
- Host one annual meeting of Transformation Chairs at NDU;
- Attend a minimum of one transformation-related symposium/colloquium per year.