SimBLEND: A Simulation-Based Learning Environment for Network Defense

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$749,408.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-08-C-6858
Award Id:
81924
Agency Tracking Number:
F071-038-0725
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
6 Bayview Avenue, Northport, NY, 11768
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Daniel Tesone
Project Engineer
(631) 754-4920
dant@securedecisions.avi.com
Business Contact:
Ebbe Reker
CFO
(631) 754-4920
ebber@avi.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The goal of this effort is to develop a prototype training system that provides entry level Computer Network Defense (CND) analysts with the ability to learn fundamental concepts and practice their skills, within a compelling environment that offers network simulation and a gaming interface. The system will provide both standard Computer Based Training (CBT) for instruction in basic concepts, as well as virtual vignettes for applying those concepts and honing skills within a practical exercise. Because this training environment blends CBT with simulated scenarios, we refer to our system as SimBLEND - Simulation-Based Learning Environment for Network Defense. The SimBLEND system will be designed to interface with network simulations so that the student can experience new simulation-driven scenarios throughout the training experience. The system will incorporate a learning management system to automatically score performance, track progress and recommend training modules for remediation or advancement. In Phase II we will: finalize and prioritize student and instructor functional requirements; refine and document the system architecture including recommendations for hardware and software technologies for implementing the architecture; build a prototype; demonstrate the prototype at regular intervals soliciting feedback from students and instructors; and develop a roadmap to military and commercial transition

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