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SimBLEND: A Simulation-Based Learning Environment for Network Defense

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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2008 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Applied Visions, Inc.
6 Bayview Avenue Northport, NY 11768-1502
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: SimBLEND: A Simulation-Based Learning Environment for Network Defense
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-08-C-6858
Award Amount: $749,408.00


The goal of this effort is to develop a prototype training system that provides entry level Computer Network Defense (CND) analysts with the ability to learn fundamental concepts and practice their skills, within a compelling environment that offers network simulation and a gaming interface. The system will provide both standard Computer Based Training (CBT) for instruction in basic concepts, as well as virtual vignettes for applying those concepts and honing skills within a practical exercise. Because this training environment blends CBT with simulated scenarios, we refer to our system as SimBLEND - Simulation-Based Learning Environment for Network Defense. The SimBLEND system will be designed to interface with network simulations so that the student can experience new simulation-driven scenarios throughout the training experience. The system will incorporate a learning management system to automatically score performance, track progress and recommend training modules for remediation or advancement. In Phase II we will: finalize and prioritize student and instructor functional requirements; refine and document the system architecture including recommendations for hardware and software technologies for implementing the architecture; build a prototype; demonstrate the prototype at regular intervals soliciting feedback from students and instructors; and develop a roadmap to military and commercial transition

Principal Investigator:

Daniel Tesone
Project Engineer

Business Contact:

Ebbe Reker
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6 Bayview Avenue Northport, NY 11768

EIN/Tax ID: 112892034
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No