ADS FORCE: Assessment and Development Strategies FOr team Rapid Cognitive Effectiveness

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QX-11-C-0041
Agency Tracking Number: O102-CR4-2226
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD10-CR4
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
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DUNS: 967259946
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kara Orvis
 Team Lead, Human Performance Div.
 (781) 496-2417
Business Contact
 Thomas McKenna
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2443
Research Institution
In modern warfare, the knowledge and skills of several individuals must interact with one another for successful mission execution. Therefore, military combat operations emphasize the use of teams, who are often expected to rapidly deploy together. Such teams must quickly become highly functioning, as characterized by high levels of team cognitive readiness and process. To address the need for newly formed teams to rapidly become cognitively ready and effective, the Aptima team proposes to develop the Assessment and Development Strategies FOr Rapid team Cognitive Effectiveness (ADS FORCE) system. This system contains both assessment and training strategies to help teams enhance their levels of cognitive readiness and team process at various points in development. Once complete, ADS FORCE will contain three stages, with one stage building upon the previous. Stage 1 will involve assessing newly formed teams while in a virtual world environment. Automated measurement approaches allow for the delivery of training strategies to the team leader that match the assessment data. Stage 2 will contain another round of automated assessment, to be followed by training suggestions for pre-deployment training. Finally, Stage 3 will contain assessment and training information for the team leader to use while in the field.

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