Enhancing Tactical Decision-Making in Navy Seal Operations

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-05-M-0124
Agency Tracking Number: N051-069-0602
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N05-069
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
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
 Lawrence Sager
 Senior Human Factors Scientist
 (202) 842-1548
Business Contact
 Margaret Clancy
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2415
Email: clancy@aptima.com
Research Institution
Network centric warfare offers increased connectivity across echelons, enabling smaller, lighter units to behave with greater independence and respond faster to changing operational contexts. Nowhere is this capability more valuable than in Special Warfare, where small teams seek to move rapidly, flexibly, and decisively in response to unusual challenges. But while greater connectivity may enhance situational awareness and improve tactical decision making, it also threatens to impose information overload, and this danger is particularly critical for small teams operating on the battlefield. To address this problem, we propose to develop SWIFT (Special Warfare Information Funneling Toolkit), a collaborative capability enabling Navy SEAL teams to acquire, process, and share the information they need to collaborate in tactical decisions. To meet this goal, SWIFT will facilitate information delivery to Navy SEAL personnel by identifying, prioritizing, and mapping information needs onto available information sources. The fundamental challenge we will address in this project is the funneling of the right information to the right person at the right time, organized and presented in a cognitively friendly format that is (1) optimized for that person's roles and responsibilities; (2) accounts for that person's geographical location; and (3) fits the data communication, security, and user interface capabilities of the hardware device with which he is equipped.

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