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SORDE: Special Operations Rapid Decision-making Environment

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Department of Defense
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2008 / SBIR
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Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street Suite 1400 Woburn, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: SORDE: Special Operations Rapid Decision-making Environment
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-08-M-0171
Award Amount: $70,000.00


As coordination and collaboration tools have become more sophisticated to support complex environments, research on tool-based interaction has become more crucial. Nowhere is the research more imperative than in military Special Operations, where effective collaboration in time pressured situations can mean the difference between success and catastrophic failure. Resilience to failure, disparities of tool availability, and distributed team members are a few of the many challenges to effective decision-making in time critical situations. SORDE, the Special Operations Rapid Decision-making Environment, is intended to support a program of operationally-relevant experimentation and application development that incorporates insight from the warfighter and knowledge of collaboration and coordination science. One particular experimental focus in Phase I will be the relative value of structured tools in comparison to more open-ended knowledge exploration features when supporting the warfighter. An enhancement to the current NAVAIR CORE testbed, SORDE will enable empirical investigation of issues critical to effective military collaboration, coordination, and communication. Existing metrics and tools will be incorporated into SORDE's components. SORDE will then be used to prototype applications intended to support rapid decision-making in Navy Special Operations, enabling transition from the laboratory to the field.

Principal Investigator:

Shawn Weil
Senior Cognitive Psychologist

Business Contact:

Margaret J. Clancy
Chief Financial Officer
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12 Gill Street Suite 1400 Woburn, MA 01801

EIN/Tax ID: 043281859
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No