Increasing Shared Understanding in Command and Control Teams

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: DASW01-04-C-0008
Agency Tracking Number: A022-0665
Amount: $728,627.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
301 East Carrillo Street 2FL, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101
DUNS: 053859526
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Susan Beers
 Principal Scientist
 (805) 966-6157
Business Contact
 Douglas Harris
Title: Chairman
Phone: (805) 966-6157
Research Institution
This project will conduct the research necessary to develop a validated functional training system that promotes shared understanding among command and control teams. Upon completing the multimedia scenario-based training, team members will have a betterappreciation of shared understanding, will understand the means by which shared understanding is achieved, and will have received hands-on experience and practice in negotiation and dialogue skills that promote shared understanding. These tools can betransferred to any situation in any kind of team at any command and control echelonThe Army currently faces several challenges that can be made less so if technology provides a method for teams to realize shared understanding among their members. Thenegative effects of cultural diversity among multi-national teams is one challenge that could be reduced if such teams could learn to develop shared understanding. The unpredictable situations that arrive in MOOTW and the increasing distribution ofresponsibility in C2 units are other challenges that could be lessened. It is anticipated that the multi-media training package grounded in solid empirical research showing its effectiveness will promote development of SU among team members in the contextof realistic scenarios.

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