Establishing Selection Measures of Vigilance Performance

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$729,989.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
W74V8H-06-C-0049
Solitcitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Number:
2005.2
Branch:
Army
Award Year:
2006
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
A052-023-0014
Solicitation Topic Code:
A05-023
Small Business Information
JXT APPLICATIONS, INC.
2673 Commons Blvd, Suite 20, Beavercreek, OH, 45431
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
099666211
Principal Investigator
 Mark Crabtree
 Program Manager
 (937) 306-5003
 markcrabtree@jxtai.com
Business Contact
 Terry Fulbright
Title: President/CEO
Phone: (937) 306-5003
Email: tfulbright@jxtai.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
A review of past research suggests that attempts to develop personnel selection tests for vigilance performance have not fully succeeded, partly because they are typically based solely on personality (trait) variables. Current research indicates, however, that vigilance predictor variables can be derived not only from personality variables, but also from vigilance task performance, and individuals’ cognitive responses to the task. In Phase I, JXT conceptualized a multidimensional approach for a vigilance selection battery, named “Vigilant Warrior.” Included in it are assessments of (a) personality traits, (b) performance on a difficult, short-duration, vigilance task, and (c) individual responses to the task (which include assessments of workload, stress, and coping strategies). In addition to military applications, comments from an emergency first-response organization that is highly interested in selecting vigilant personnel for critical task assignments indicate that Vigilant Warrior will be a useful adjunct to existing personnel selection tests, and will have considerable commercial potential. In Phase II, JXT will explore this potential, write, test, and fine-tune the battery software, and execute a large-scale validation study employing 400 subjects. Finally, the battery’s suitability and usefulness will be assessed by Army personnel selection specialists.

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