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Related Policies

In addition to DoDI 1322.26 and STANAG 2591, the ADL Initiative contributes to and follows several other DoD policies.

CJCSI 1800.01D

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Instruction 1800.01D (Office Professional Military Education Policy) distributes the policies, procedures, objectives, and responsibilities for officer professional military education (PME) and joint officer professional military education. The ADL Initiative contributes to this policy, specifically in the area of distributed learning.

“In a DL format, there is a separation of either time or distance between the instructor and the learner or learners. JPME via DL can be designed to serve individual learners or distributed virtual seminars of learners. It typically employs combinations of print or electronic media, combined with appropriate technologies such as video tele-education (VTE) and web-based applications. The web-based formats may also be combinations of either asynchronous (self-paced / at different times) or synchronous (real-time interaction) delivery strategies.” (Enclosure B, 6.2)

This instruction also chairs the Distance Education Coordination Committee, which exists as an ongoing forum to promote best practices, exchange courseware, and provide and exchange information regarding technical and non-technical issues in distributed learning in order to encourage collaboration, joint enterprise, and leverage membership successes.

Common Rule

While the ADL Initiative does not contribute to this policy, we do follow it. The Common Rule is a 1981 rule of ethics (updated most recently in 2018) in the United States regarding biomedical and behavioral research involving human subjects. The Common Rule is the baseline standard of ethics by which any government-funded research in the US is held; nearly all US academic institutions hold their researchers to these statements of rights regardless of funding. Closely related to the Common Rule is DoDI 3216.02 Protection of Human Subjects and Adherence to Ethical Standards in DoD-Supported Research which establishes policy and assigns responsibilities for the protection of human subjects in DoD-supported programs.

DoDI 1100.13 DoD Surveys

DoDI 1100.13 (Surveys) relays DoD policy that information requirements be formally approved and licensed. The development of any survey requesting participation of personnel from more than one DoD or OSD Component, or a DoD or OSD Component sponsored survey of members of the public, will be consistent with the policies, principles, and criteria of Reference (b).

DoDI 1215.21 Reserve Component (RC) Use of Electronic-based Distributed Learning Methods for Training

The purpose of this instruction is to establish policy, assign responsibilities, and provide procedures for members of the Selected Reserve to use electronic-based distributed learning methods to conduct training away from scheduled unit training assemblies or apart from other collective training time.

DoDD 1322.18

DoDD 1322.18 (Military Training) reissues and updates policies and responsibilities for training of military individuals, units, and staffs, DoD civilian employees and, when authorized, contractors, allies, and other US Government or non-Government agency personnel. The ADL Initiative’s DoDI flows directly from this directive as we develop, manage, provide, and evaluate distributed learning for DoD military and civilian personnel.

DoDI 2040.02 International Transfers of Technology, Articles, and Services

This instruction establishes DoD policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures for the international transfer of dual-use and defense-related technology, articles, and services and directs the use of a DoD automated export license system.

DoDI 3100.08 The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP)

The purpose of this instruction is to establish policy, assign responsibilities, and prescribe procedures for the organization, membership, functions, and responsibilities of TTCP. This instruction specifies that the DoD shall cooperate with TTCP participating countries to the greatest degree possible in the development and exchange of defense technology base information. It is DoD policy that TTCP will be used to acquaint participating countries with each other’s technology base programs to avoid duplication and identify technologies of interest for possible collaboration.

DoDI 3200.12 DoD Scientific and Technical Information Program (STIP)

The purpose of this instruction is to establish policy, assign responsibilities, and prescribe procedures to carry out the DoD STIP consistent with the national science and technology policy and priorities described in section 6602 of Title 42, U.S.C.

DoDI 3200.20 Scientific and Engineering Integrity

DoDI 3200.20 covers the topic of Scientific and Engineering Integrity. It is DoD policy to support a culture of scientific and engineering integrity. Science and engineering play a vital role in the DoD’s mission, providing one of several critical inputs to policy and systems acquisition decision making. The DoD recognizes the importance of scientific and engineering information, and science and engineering as methods for maintaining and enhancing its effectiveness and its credibility with the public.

DoDI 3210.07 Research Integrity and Misconduct

This Instruction, regarding research integrity specifies detailed procedures and standards for the DoD for the prevention of research misconduct and calls upon Federal Agencies that support or conduct research on an intramural or extramural basis to issue policies and procedures that conform to Federal policy.

Federal Open-Source Software Policy

The ADL Initiative uses open-source code whenever possible to both save taxpayer dollars and to avoid duplication of efforts. The Federal Open-Source Software Policy seeks to address these challenges by ensuring that new custom-developed Federal source code is broadly available for reuse across the Federal Government.

Open Gov Data Act

The purpose of the OPEN Government Data Act, included in the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act (Public Law 115-435) as Title II, is to improve how the federal government makes data available to the public to facilitate transparency and improve governance. Under the law, agencies must now maintain and publish a comprehensive data inventory of all data assets. The Act also requires that agencies develop an open data plan “to facilitate collaboration with non-Government entities (including businesses), researchers, and the public for the purpose of understanding how data users value and use government data.” Agencies will be required to develop and implement a process to evaluate and improve the timeliness, completeness, consistency, accuracy, usefulness, and availability of open Government data assets as part of the data plan.