Innovative Training System to Accelerate Rapid Formation of Fully Functional Teams

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W74V8H-06-P-0207
Agency Tracking Number: O053-CR6-2170
Amount: $99,965.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD05-CR6
Solicitation Number: 2005.3
Small Business Information
301 East Carrillo Street 2FL, P. O. Box 519, Santa Barbara, CA, 93102
DUNS: 053859526
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Alan Spiker
 Principal Scientist
 (805) 966-6157
Business Contact
 Douglas Harris
Title: President
Phone: (805) 966-6157
Research Institution
The purpose of this project is to establish the feasibility of an innovative training system to deliver advanced instruction in optimal leadership behaviors that promote cohesion in joint task force (JTF) teams. Termed Stalwart (System to Train Accelerated Leadership in Joint Warfighting Teams), this system will be a mix of on-line training modules and scenario-based small group exercises to get JTF team members and their leaders "up to speed" in high-value teamwork knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSAs). Stalwart software will be a Windows-based network application where individual and team exercises can be adminis-tered using the public Internet or a local area network. Phase I will delineate Stalwart's content domain, instructional principles, and training infra-structure, and demonstrate feasibility by testing a demonstration prototype. Phase II will yield a turnkey training system that includes ISD-based training modules, functional software, vetted JTF scenarios, validated measures, and train-the-trainer materials. Given time and manpower shortages plaguing JTF training, Stalwart will impose a small training "footprint," as spin-up modules will be completed around the trainee's other duties, and team cohesion training will be organized around short-duration scenario frames. System effectiveness will be demonstrated through transfer of the targeted teamwork KSAs to a joint exercise environment.

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