Global Partnership Network
The ADL Global Partnership Network brings together national and international government agencies, military research labs, and academic institutions to support cooperative development of distributed learning capabilities in order to implement more effective, efficient, and interoperable technology-based training, education, and personnel development.
The ADL Initiative coordinates the network. Participating nations (or international entities, such as NATO) sign bilateral agreements between the US DoD and their respective defense ministries. In turn, participating military/government organizations each operate a dedicated ADL Partnership Center, overseen by a local Director. The Directors are active duty military personnel or civil servants. In the US, select academic institutions may also join. These ADL Partnership Laboratories support the network through research, while the government-based Partnership Centers focus more on operational course development and delivery.
The network helps expand access to quality education and training (anytime, anywhere); it strengthens international ties, and it creates a community for sharing requirements, establishing common standards and specifications, exchanging lessons-learned, and conducting collaborative research and implementation projects related to distributed learning.
The network currently includes 11 national defense partners (Canada, Finland, Latin American region, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Republic of Korea, Romania, Serbia, UK, and US) as well as the NATO Allied Command Transformation. In addition to these members, the US Office of Personnel Management and two US-based universities (University of Memphis and University of Wisconsin–Madison) take part in the network.