New Technologies for Growing Leaders: Assessment of Wisdom

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W74V8H-05-C-0013
Agency Tracking Number: A043-032-1276
Amount: $120,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: A04-032
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
Small Business Information
12 Gill Street, Suite 1400, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 967259946
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kathleen Hess
 I/O Psychologist
 (781) 496-2419
Business Contact
 Margaret Clancy
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2415
Research Institution
Increasingly, the Army has become engaged in "operations other than war." Compared to traditional combat operations, these missions are considerably more complex and ill-defined. Success in these operations requires that Army leaders view problems from a Joint Forces mindset, recognize the long-term implications of their command decisions, and make complex value judgments that have no clear, correct decision. In short, these missions require wisdom. The Army recognizes this need, and is currently searching for an effective way to develop wisdom among Army leaders. Aptima proposes to develop a scenario-based assessment and advisory tool: the Army Wisdom Assessment and Readiness Development (AWARD) system. AWARD will assess the wisdom level of Army officers and NCOs, diagnose areas for improvement, and identify meaningful developmental experiences. During Phase I, we will develop a theoretical framework that outlines the dimensions, development, and outcomes of wisdom as they pertain to Army leadership. From this theory, we will develop a paper-and-pencil, scenario-based instrument for assessing wisdom throughout the Army chain of command. We will also develop specifications for a software version of this tool, to be built in Phase II, whose intelligent agents will score the leaders' responses and provide diagnostic feedback for improving their level of wisdom.

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