SimBLEND: A Simulation-Based Learning Environment for Network Defense

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-07-M-6812
Agency Tracking Number: F071-038-0725
Amount: $99,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF071-038
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
6 Bayview Avenue, Northport, NY, 11768
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Goodall
 Senior Analyst
 (631) 754-4920
Business Contact
 Ebbe Reker
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (631) 754-4920
Research Institution
We propose to build upon our experiences in developing game-based simulation systems, conducting cognitive task analyses, and authoring product–specific training in the domain of information assurance and computer network defense (CND) to generate a top-level design and proof-of-concept prototype that integrates data visualization, computer-based courseware and game-based simulation to create a training environment that improves the effectiveness of decision making in network defense operations. Our approach will consider architectural alternatives for deploying computer-mediated training and simulation technologies, and for producing a common learning management system that administers and synchronizes the training environment’s simulation and training components. We will investigate Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) compliant approaches to content development and delivery to determine if these may be suitable for use in a system that tightly couples training content to simulation. We will also engage CND training providers, and stakeholders in the end-user / trainee community, in continuing to gather needs specification data related to training for effective decision making. We will also investigate how our existing data visualization product line, also developed with the objective of improving CND decision-making effectiveness, can be harnessed within an integrated CND training system.

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