BattleSense: An Innovative Design Approach for Combat Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00178-05-C-3042
Agency Tracking Number: N032-0695
Amount: $748,601.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: N03-202
Solicitation Number: 2003.2
Small Business Information
1750 Commerce Center Blvd. North, Fairborn, OH, 45324
DUNS: 095201000
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gary Klein
 Chairman and Chief Scient
 (937) 873-8166
 gary@decisionmaking.com
Business Contact
 Barbara Law
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: (937) 873-8166
Email: law@decisionmaking.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The U.S. Navy is taking revolutionary actions to redesign itself around the opportunities afforded by advanced technologies. These technologies provide Navy personnel with greater amounts of data, but that, by itself, is not enough. Information has to serve a purpose: to improve the ability of decision makers to make sense of situations and to understand how events are unfolding. Therefore, Navy personnel have to be able to continuously make sense of information, not merely receive it. The focus of this SBIR effort is on sensemaking. Currently, system designers who are shaping the Navy’s use of IT do not have a clear conceptual framework, nor tools or methods for ensuring that individuals and teams can keep up with increased information to make better and faster decisions. The goal of this project is to provide Navy system designers with a BattleSense methodology and support tools for uncovering and leveraging sensemaking requirements. In Phase I we successfully developed and piloted a sensemaking methodology. In Phase II we will apply and validate that methodology and then formalize designer support tools for use by the Navy. Our immediate Phase III objective will be to transition these tools into the DD(X) and LCS programs.

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