Innovative Training System to Accelerate Rapid Formation of Fully Functional Teams

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W91WAW-07-C-0004
Agency Tracking Number: O053-CR6-2170
Amount: $749,799.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solitcitation Year: 2005
Solitcitation Topic Code: OSD05-CR6
Solitcitation 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
 V. Alan Spiker
 Principal Scientist
 (805) 966-6157
Business Contact
 Douglas Harris
Title: Chairman
Phone: (805) 966-6157
Research Institution
This project will develop an innovative training system to deliver advanced instruction in HQ staff officer competencies that will produce effective joint task force (JTF) teams. Stalwart (System of Training to Accelerate Learning in Joint Warfighting Teams) blends on-line training with small-team scenario-based exercises to accelerate JTF HQ staffs’ acquisition of key compe-tencies (knowledge, skills, attitudes) identified in Phase I. Stalwart will present students with a sequence of learning events, linked to training objectives, that address tactics, techniques, and procedures expected of newly-designated staff. Web-enabled software controls training delivery, where interactive learning aids (ILAs) personalize the learning experience and accelerate acquisition of KSAs whose mastery will transfer to the operational environment. Training concludes with a capstone exercise, yielding a scorecard of an individual’s “readiness” to join an extant JTF staff. ILAs forming the training scaffold are a “wiki” to promote JTF terminol-ogy comprehension, multi-media documents with drill-down functionality to promote concept knowledge, interactive organizational charts and expertise profiles to promote transactive memory, avatar-directed tutorials for “virtual visits” to understand tactical issues at an operational level, and visualization tools to promote effects-based thinking. System effectiveness will be demonstrated through a Kirkpatrick-based multi-level evaluation and a controlled comparison to a no-treatment control.

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