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BATTLE II: Battlefield Airmen Training Technologies for LVC, ground-based Environments

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-19-C-6989
Agency Tracking Number: F17A-011-0100
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF17A-T011
Solicitation Number: 17.A
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-11-07
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-11-07
Small Business Information
12 Gill Street Suite 1400
Woburn, MA 01801
United States
DUNS: 967259946
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Kent Halverson
 Division Director
 (937) 490-8023
Business Contact
 Thomas McKenna
Phone: (781) 496-2443
Research Institution
 University of Dayton Research Institute
 Kari J. Howard Kari J. Howard
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469
United States

 (937) 229-2919
 Nonprofit College or University

Effective Live, Virtual, and Constructive (LVC) training methods have been underutilized within ground-based training operations. More specifically, Battlefield Airmen training has not adopted the recent advances in blended reality (BR) technologies into their training due to specialized training requirements. To address this issue, the Aptima team plans to continue develop on a training system known as BATTLE, or Battlefield Airmen Training Technologies for LVC, ground-based Environments. The BATTLE system and associated technical components will provide a rugged BR prototype that facilitates, evaluates, and hopefully enhances LVC training for outdoor operation. The proposed solution will use a combination of existing BR technology and custom software to allow Battlefield Airmen trainees (e.g., Pararescue specialists [PJs], specifically) to interact with both live and virtual environments simultaneously. The BATTLE system will also serve as a training platform to evaluate learner engagement and training performance. The proposed system will increase effective training resource allocation by optimizing staff workload and lessening the need for live asset utilization, such as aircraft, hostile and friendly forces, and munitions. In summary, the BATTLE system proposes to alleviate the logistical, technical, and economic constraints that currently plague the utilization of BR in ground-based training.

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