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MILITARY POLICE . 19-14-1 30 T he Leader Training Program (LTP) at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, Louisiana, is a premier program focused on the deliberate execution of the military decisionmaking process (MDMP) to enhance individual and collective staff skills at battalion and brigade levels. The mission of the LTP is to "assist U.S. Army brigade and battalion commanders in preparing their staffs for future operations by enhancing their individual and collective skills in decisionmaking, staff planning, coordination, integration, and synchronization of all warfghting functions in time and space during the development of operations orders/plans." 1 Dedicated LTP coaches train and mentor staff members, providing them with an opportunity to exercise mission command, focus on leader development, and increase unit readiness while preparing for future deployments and contingency operations. 2 By replicating the complexity of the current operating environment, the LTP challenges the commander, the staff, and the unit to rapidly apply the MDMP through a combined approach involving academics and practical exercises. It also enables repetition and, therefore, increased confdence in the application of MDMP in general. The collective benefts of the LTP led the 3d Military Police Group (U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command [USACIDC] [commonly known as CID]) to coordinate an LTP rotation for the 502d Military Police Battalion (CID) before its deployment in fscal year 2014. The 502d Military Police Battalion was the frst CID battalion headquarters to participate in an LTP rotation; therefore, LTP leaders worked closely with staff from the 3d Military Police Group and the 502d Military Police Battalion to create a training event that would— y Refect the real-world mission set. y Meet the commander's training objectives. y Provide the bat talion with an oppor t unit y to ref ine information and knowledge management products and to develop requests for information in advance of the predeployment site survey (PDSS). Although the planners initially faced some challenges and concerns, their collective effort led to a unique, low-cost/high- payoff event that reinforced individual and collective skills in an isolated, off-site facility. 3 The LTP rotation, which was conducted 8–14 September 2013, truly enhanced the 502d Military Police Battalion staff synchronization, profciency, and warfghting focus. It was a success worthy of replication. Preparation The LTP does not require many resources or much external support; however, a concerted effort was necessary to develop and refne baseline products for this exercise. LTP coaches worked closely with 3d Military Police Group staff to develop the base order, fragmentary order, and annexes used throughout the training. The LTP coaches adapted to the CID force structure and mission, and their fexibility enabled the training event to meet the unique needs of the 502d. 4 Using more traditional maneuver unit products, the CID theater campaign plan and its annexes, and monthly theater update briefs, the LTP coaches and group staff developed a realistic set of documents to enable the 502d Military Police Battalion staff to— y Conduct the MDMP based on a realistic scenario. y Discuss current trends in the operational environment. y Identity requests for information for the PDSS. In addition to educating LTP coaches about the CID mission set and assisting in the development of baseline products, the 3d Military Police Group coordinated all information technology, administrative, and logistic support required to sustain the LTP rotation. The Command, Control, Communications, and Computer Operations (S-6) Section, 3d Military Police Group, coordinated with the Fort Polk Network Enterprise Center to ensure that it could support and sustain the 502d throughout the LTP rotation. Through several reconnaissance and fact- fnding trips conducted over the course of several months (but before the 502d arrived and initiated the exercise), the group S-6 section, the LTP staff, and the Fort Polk Network Enterprise Center identifed general requirements, worked through connectivity issues, and established mission command requirements. Although the training venue and coaches were provided by the LTP, the 3d Military Police Group successfully spearheaded the administrative and logistic coordination required for life support, travel, and facility setup. The offcer in charge of the 3d Military Police Group rotation provided the mission command and administrative orders necessary to unite all elements and personnel. He also conducted reconnaissance and working groups to ensure that all elements were synchronized. The training took place in a nonthreatening environment that was conducive to learning and team building. LTP staff provided the instructor support, observer/controller support, By Major Thomas Bessler, Major Melissa Cantwell, and Major Dennis Holiday Bessler_Cantwell_Holiday.1.indd 32 3/21/2014 12:20:51 PM

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