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Chris Boring iFest Presentation

Changing the Face of Military Learning

Chris Boring

This presentation discusses how the Joint Staff is approaching leader development. Specifically, how it explores how to implement and assess an outcomes based, learner centric system that is focused on developing habits of mind that improve cognitive readiness and harness developing technology. As envisioned this approach would span across how the joint force trains, exercises, educates and experiences its leaders with strong linkages to how Service develop talent to thrive within the joint force.


Lt Col Chris E. Boring is Special Assistant to the Director for Joint Force Development, Joint Force Development Directorate, Joint Staff in Washington, D.C. He is responsible for formulating the Director’s strategic initiatives, coordination across the Joint Staff and with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and synchronization the directorate’s internal efforts to support the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff and his immediate staff. Lieutenant Colonel Boring enter the Air Force in 1990 and was commission through Officer Training School in 1998. He earned Master’s degrees from University of Maryland University College and National War College. He is a graduated Deputy Group Commander and two-time aircraft maintenance squadron commander with field and depot assignments spanning the spectrum of Air Force missions. Prior to his current posting, he was a student at National War College, Washington, D.C. His previous deployed assignment was as the Deputy Commander of the 451st Air Expeditionary Group, Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan where he led operations, logistics, and maintenance efforts for 8 squadron providing ISR, radar, strike and cargo capabilities.


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