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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W9132T-08-C-0001
Agency Tracking Number: O074-001-2005
Amount: $99,935.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD07-T001
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
9180 Brown Deer Road, San Diego, CA, 92121
DUNS: 131182388
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Holly H. Handley
 Principal Investigator
 (858) 535-1661
 handley@pacific-science.com
Business Contact
 James Callan
Title: President
Phone: (858) 535-1661
Email: 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.

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