In 1997, in the earliest days of distributed learning, DoD established the Total Force Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Action Team to document and coordinate distributed learning initiatives throughout the defense community. Today, that original concept has evolved into the Defense ADL Advisory Committee (or DADLAC, pronounced “dad-lack”). The DADLAC acts as an advisory body to support distributed learning policy stewardship, resource and information exchange, and monitoring of emerging distributed learning technologies and techniques across the Defense community.
The ADL Initiative, part of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, chairs the DADLAC. Core members of the committee include designated military and civilian distributed learning leaders (roughly, at the O6 or equivalent level) from:
Frequently, representatives from other organizations, such as the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO), coordinate with the DADLAC or are otherwise invited to participate on an ad-hoc basis. Starting in August 2018, the Distance Education Coordination Council (DECC) and DADLAC agreed to hold one joint annual meeting to combine efforts and aid each other in their respective task areas.
DoD Instruction 1322.26 (“Distributed Learning”), describes the DADLAC’s authorities and responsibilities, including: