Automation of Strategic Planning Frameworks: Decision Support System for Stabilization, Reconstruction, and Conflict Transformation (START)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Amount:
$99,935.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W9132T-08-C-0001
Award Id:
83499
Agency Tracking Number:
O074-001-2005
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
9180 Brown Deer Road, San Diego, CA, 92121
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
131182388
Principal Investigator:
Holly Handley
Principal Investigator
(858) 535-1661
handley@pacific-science.com
Business Contact:
James Callan
President
(858) 535-1661
jrcallan@pacific-science.com
Research Institution:
THE UNIV. OF TENNESSEE
Robert L Cargile
1534 White Avenue
Knoxville, TN, 37996-1529
(865) 974-4808
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Pacific Science & Engineering Group (PSE) and the University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK) propose the Decision Support System for STAbilization, Reconstruction, and Conflict Transformation (START). This tool will facilitate the Draft Planning Framework for Reconstruction, Stabilization, and Conflict Transformation, a complex planning process involving collaborative users. START's graphical user interface will present a work flow diagram to guide users through different levels of planning. The Essential Task Matrix will be integrated into the planning process through functional or temporal task libraries. The ability to identity and allocate resources and to define level appropriate metrics will also be included. A tiered information architecture will allow for easy navigation through the stages of the plan: tier one will monitor the status of the overall plan objectives; tier two will enumerate the steps for each objective; and tier three will provide user workspaces. A key aspect of START will be the help component - schema theory will be used to define the cognitive needs of various users at different levels of expertise. START will function as a surrogate expert planner, providing guidance and collaborative workspaces to a diverse set of users, while maintaining information consistency between concurrent levels of planning.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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