Joe Oebbecke is the TRADOC Chief Knowledge Officer. His responsibility at TRADOC is to lead the commands KM effort to adapt its operations to the Army Enterprise Model through alignment of people, processes and technologies required for an effective learning organization to better support the linkage between the operating and generating force. Prior to his current position, he served as a CSC Knowledge Management Strategist with Battle Command Knowledge System (BCKS), FT Leavenworth.
Joe also serves as the Chief Knowledge Integrator for TRADOCs portion for the Army Warfighter Forum (WfF) initiative. He is responsible for developing the TRADOC KM strategic plan that supports the TRADOC Campaign Plan (TCP) and the commands effort to institutionalize KM across the TRADOC MSOs and the Functional Centers of Excellence (CoE). He has developed links between the Army WfF effort and the Joint, Interagency, Multi-national (JIIM) community. He serves TRADOC as a member of several Department of the Army Business Transformation efforts and has led the Army’s efforts to develop a career path strategy for Army KM civilian and military professional and certified practitioners.
Joe has served as the Chief, Joint Individual Training, and Program Manager Army’s Joint Knowledge Development and Distribution Capability (JKDDC) in the G3/5/7 at HQ, TRADOC. In this capacity in collaboration with his Sister Service’s he led the Army’s effort to develop an Internet-based Knowledge Management Concept to deliver Joint training to individuals in the Armed Forces to support DoD Training Transformation (T2) including the Army portion of JFCOM’s Joint Knowledge Online (JKO) initiative. The concept is designed to provide knowledge to the Joint Warfighter using innovative collaborative technologies and composite application technologies that socialize the learning process to close Joint training gaps. He has authored research proposals to investigate soldier learning processes, developed opportunities to leverage KM technologies, including federated search capabilities, advanced user interfaces, improved business processes and other knowledge mining technologies. This collaborative effort with the TRADOC Centers of Excellence (CoE) and Joint Center for Security Force Assistance (JCISFA) to improve CoE support to the Joint Warfighter. He also championed an initiative to integrate Wounded Warriors into the KM process as SME, coaches, facilitators. He solicited support for this initiative from the Office of the Surgeon General (OTSG), Army Medical Department (AMEDD), Warrior Transition leadership, and Department of the Army General Officers to execute the program.
Prior to working at TRADOC, he had over 15 years in business, serving as an company executive and corporate officer in two start-up companies—a high tech company content development and management company, and the U. S. subsidiary of a European aircraft manufacturer. He was also a Director of Business Development in the consulting practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers prior to his entrepreneurial activities. He has written professional articles covering benchmarking and knowledge management. He holds a Mechanical Engineering and Management Science degrees.
During his Army career he commanded a Signal battalion, two Combat Engineer companies, and an Artillery battery in forward deployed units. He also served as the Armored Division Deputy G3 as well as on divisional Brigade and Battalion staffs in his overseas assignments. He served as a Principal Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Army and served in the Office Chief of Staff, Army as a program analyst in PA&E. He was a principal strategist with TRADOC’s Personnel Integrating Center and TRADOC’s Resource Management’s Chief Strategist prior to his retirement. He is Airborne and Ranger qualified. He is a graduate of the Army’s, Engineer Basic and Advanced Courses, Signal Advanced Course, Army CGSC, Air Command and Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.