High Risk Rapid Ethnographic Assessment Tool (HRREAT)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-11-C-0223
Agency Tracking Number: A11A-011-0030
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: A11a-T011
Solicitation Number: 2011.A
Small Business Information
Perceptronics Solutions, Inc.
3527 Beverly Glen Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA, -
DUNS: 124668711
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Amos Freedy
 President
 (818) 788-4830
 afreedy@percsolutions.com
Business Contact
 Gershon Weltman
Title: Vice President
Phone: (818) 788-1025
Email: gweltman@percsolutions.com
Research Institution
 UCLA
 Rick Grannis
 Department of Sociology
299 Haines Hall
Los Angeles, CA, 90095-1551
 (310) 267-4965
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This proposal is to develop a High Risk Rapid Ethnographic Assessment Tool (HRREAT) that will provide commanders and their staff with a fully-integrated, user-friendly suite of tools for the rapid collection, management, analysis, modeling, and visualization of ethnographic data in denied areas to enhance planning and decision making activities. Ethnographic data has become highly important in counterinsurgency as well as in conventional combat planning and decisions. While there are many existing and new tools that can help military personnel rapidly gather such data even in risky and/or denied areas, the potentially available tools are not integrated into one accessible system and are not easily used by non-specialist personnel. Moreover, ethnographic analyses are most often divorced from overall planning and decision making. Our solution to these problems is to combine a number key social network, planning and decision support components that we are developing in several closely related SBIR projects with new ethnographic analysis components. This will create a customized and productized tool suite that enhances ethnographic data collection and analysis and visualization, puts the data into a planning and decision making framework, and most important can be quickly transitioned to operational users, both in the military and in commercial environments.

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