Online professional forums encourage sharing of knowledge

| February 19, 2010 | 0 Comments

Battle Command Knowledge System
News Release

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — The Battle Command Knowledge System, here, hosts more than 60 online professional forums with nearly 153,000 members, allowing Soldiers and units the opportunity to connect and share knowledge, solve problems and develop professional skills.

Sponsored by a variety of organizations throughout the Army, BCKS forums focus on functional areas (e.g., personnel and logistics), leaders (e.g., noncommissioned and warrant officers, commanders and executive officers) and operations (e.g., counterinsurgency, transition teams).

A BCKS survey of forum participants reported that the professional forums helped save more than 1,400 lives from June 2008 to June 2009. Nearly 2,500 of the more than 100,000 members of 12 forums responded to the survey conducted last year.

The respondents said the forums had conservatively saved them or their unit 6,749 labor hours from June 2008 to June 2009. Likewise, they estimated the things they had seen, read or downloaded from the forums saved the Army nearly $1.6 million.

Some say knowledge is the Soldier’s last competitive advantage. To sharpen that advantage, BCKS is designing the architecture and processes to integrate the Centers of Excellence with deployed and deploying forces into a coherent knowledge network.

BCKS continues to provide knowledge management advisors to operational units. Knowledge management advisors provide knowledge management training and advice, assistance in Common Operating Picture management and content management advice. It helps develop standards of procedures.

Professional forums provide 24/7 access to online discussions, best practices and TTPs, or tactics, techniques and procedures, which facilitate knowledge sharing, promote learning and accelerate decision making — all of which helps Soldier and unit readiness in combat situations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“The professional forums hosted by BCKS promote a culture of learning in the Army and play a vital role in forming agile and adaptive leaders,” said Dale Ormond, deputy to the commanding general, Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth.

“The survey clearly shows the value Soldiers place on the knowledge they glean from the online discussions and documents in the Forums,” Ormond added.

(Editor’s Note: This article was taken from the Army’s Stand-To. You can subscribe to the Stand-To or read the latest issue at





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