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Command Performance: New Technology for Assessing Direct Leadership Abilities

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: DASW01-03-C-0002
Agency Tracking Number: 44100
Amount: $499,974.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2002
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
4940 Pearl East Circle, Suite 200
Boulder, CO 80301
United States
DUNS: 043412936
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Lynn Streeter
 Business Development
 (303) 545-9092
 lstreeter@knowledge-technologies.co
Business Contact
 Darrell Laham
Title: Chief Technology Officer
Phone: (303) 545-9092
Email: dlaham@knowledge-technologies.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

"To select and develop effective leaders, we need to know the personal attributes and experiences that mold them. The Army has collected extensive background information on USMA '98 cadets (BOLDS), who are nearing their final year of mandatory service.In Phase 1 we developed new leadership measures of higher order competencies--emotional maturity, strategic, tactical, and managerial tacit knowledge. The battery uses open-ended responses to: tactical military scenarios (TLAC), extended Tacit Knowledgeof Military Knowledge case studies, and components of Kegan's cognitive-emotional development interviews. All measures can be assessed and categorized using Latent Semantic Analysis, a machine learning technology that understands text. In Phase 2 theCommand Performance battery will be related to predictors in the BOLDS background data and to performance in real world settings.In Phase 2 we propose collecting: (1) Command Performance data over the Internet for a subset of the USMA class of '98, (2) objective measures of leadership, such as NTC performance, and (3) subjective measures, such as Officer Evaluation Reports, 360feedback. Using structural equation modeling and other data mining techniques, we will find predictive background variables of leadership performance and relate them to current performance. When fully developed, Command Performance will be offered by Knowledge Analysis Technologies directly to the Army as an ADL enabled leadership assessment and prediction technology. It will also be suitable for adaptation for use in other DoD branches,corporate leadership training, and educational applications such as business and public administration. The latter commercial applications will be developed and marketed by joint ventures between Knowledge Analysis Technologies and one or more of thedistance education and corporate training organizations with whom we have now or will develop arrangements. The partner's and their clients knowledge of content will be used to adapt the system, and the partner's market reach to commercialize

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