Interactive Learning Environment for Managing Socio-cultural Influences on Human-to-Human Interactions at the Tactical Level

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QX-07-C-0042
Agency Tracking Number: O063-CR5-2021
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD06-CR5
Solicitation Number: 2006.3
Small Business Information
215 Parkway North, P.O. Box 280, Waterford, CT, 06385
DUNS: 077317766
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James McCarthy
 Principal Investigator
 (860) 326-3792
Business Contact
 Denise Grudier
Title: Contracting Officer
Phone: (860) 326-3652
Research Institution
Sonalysts, Inc. is pleased to propose the Tactical Multicultural Experience Development System (TAC-MEDS) to provide junior military personnel with the experience they need to excel. The TAC-MEDS System will contain basic instruction in multi-cultural interaction principles, skills, and attitudes. Beyond that, the TAC-MEDS System will include a Practice Environment in which users can interact with various characters in realistic situations, observe their results, and get coaching. It will also include a Question-and-Answer (Q&A) Environment in which users can interact with a knowledge base as if they were talking to experienced peers. The TAC-MEDS System will deliver the training “any time and any place.” The goal of the TAC-MEDS System will be to allow users to explore new situations, fail as necessary, and learn from those failures before they are faced with real-time events, which will require the application of those skills. The old adage holds that, “Good judgment is the result of experience, and experience is the result of poor judgment.” The TAC-MEDS System will give warriors the experience they need to succeed. Further, the experience will take place in a safe, structured environment in which errors do not jeopardize mission success and constructive coaching can be delivered.

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