Since beginning as a US-focused initiative in 2004, the Transformation Chairs (ITX) Network has become international, adding representatives from Australia, Singapore, Sweden, UK, NATO’s Allied Command Transformation (ACT) and the Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) Centre of Excellence (COE). The chairs have contributed directly to changes in military education policy, sponsored domestic and international conferences, published monographs and supported a variety of DoD and international initiatives.
The network's mission is to: "Provide a forum to challenge thinking, leverage shared knowledge and inform the debate about the national and international security implications of global transformation."
It approaches transformation as: "A process that shapes the changing nature of competition and cooperation through concept development and innovation management to deliver capabilities across people, processes, organizations and technology."
The network’s vision is to: "Assist national and international security leaders and decision makers prepare for a future filled with complexity, chaos and surprise."
The network’s goals are to:
- Inform ongoing debate with forward thinking concepts on major transformational issues
- Conduct research that identifies cross-cutting issues, opens new vistas, and validates (or challenges) current initiatives
- Serve as a resource in support of national and international leaders in realizing the transformational potential of comprehensive approach capabilities
- Shape and share curricula to help educate and prepare future leaders and decision makers
The current objectives for the ITX Chairs Network are to:
- Help develop and educate leaders for a future filled with complexity, chaos, and surprise
- Forge ties to ACT and CIMIC COE, to further the development of comprehensive approach capabilities
- Contribute to the development of Joint Learning Concepts in support of capabilities development and curriculum change
- Begin plans for a third International Transformation Conference (ITX3) in 2013 focused on leadership education
Guiding principles of the network include:
- Remain small and nimble: Add participants to working groups when needed, divest when task accomplished
- Focus on achievable objectives within one-year timelines
- Produce valued products frequently
- Enthusiastically engage diverse, national and international audiences to promote the value of transformation, and further the debate, emphasizing cross-cutting approaches
- Conduct business efficiently, using transformational principles ourselves