Contextual Framework for Command and Control Decision Making

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-11-C-A617
Agency Tracking Number: A102-092-1399
Amount: $69,820.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: A10-092
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
Small Business Information
1595 Spring Hill Road, Suite 250, Vienna, VA, -
DUNS: 198349516
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dennis Leedom
 Senior Scientist
 (512) 869-1658
Business Contact
 Mary Stewart
Title: Vice President
Phone: (703) 893-6800
Research Institution
This Phase I SBIR research proposal outlines a flexible and responsive context knowledge management framework that provides an innovative approach to developing a dynamic battlefield visualization management tool for military commanders. A unique feature of this design is the explicit representation of two interconnected forms of contextual knowledgestructural/functional context and narrative contextthat enable the dynamic construction of meaning and relevance. The proposed framework responds to the requisite variety of contextual knowledge demanded by wicked operational environments that are characterized by (1) multiple cause-effect dimensions (e.g., political, military, economic, social, information, and infrastructure), (2) alternative interpretations and stakeholder interests, (3) emergent problem factors, and (4) an emphasis on problem framing rather than problem solving. The proposed context knowledge framework acknowledges the socially constructed nature of meaning and understanding in the real world by integrating a combination of concept mapping, qualitative and quantitative modeling, and wiki knowledge base management methods into an analytically rigorous framework that can be integrated with an existing military command and control systems. This resulting methodology will facilitate the rapid construction, collaborative reconciliation, and dynamic maintenance of situation understanding and operational campaign design across a military command and control organization.

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