New Technologies for Growing Leaders: Assessment of Wisdom

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$730,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
W74V8H-06-C-0005
Solitcitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Number:
2004.3
Branch:
Army
Award Year:
2006
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
A043-032-1276
Solicitation Topic Code:
A04-032
Small Business Information
APTIMA, INC.
12 Gill Street Suite 1400, Woburn, MA, 01801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
967259946
Principal Investigator
 Jeffrey Beaubien
 Industrial-Organizational
 (202) 842-1548
 jbeaubien@aptima.com
Business Contact
 Margaret Clancy
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2415
Email: clancy@aptima.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The Army has recently become engaged in numerous Support and Stability Operations (SASOs) throughout the world. Compared to combat operations, SASOs are considerably more complex and ill-defined. Success requires that Army leaders view problems from a Joint Forces mindset, recognize the long-term implications of their decisions, and make complex value judgments in the absence of clear, correct answers. In short, these missions require wise leadership. The Army recognizes this need, and is searching for an effective way to develop wisdom among junior-level Army leaders. Aptima proposes to develop a scenario-based assessment tool: the Army Wisdom Assessment and Readiness Development (AWARD) system. AWARD will assess the level of wisdom for enlisted Soldiers, NCOs, and junior officers; diagnose areas for improvement; and identify meaningful developmental experiences. During Phase I, we laid the foundation for AWARD by developing: a theoretical framework of wisdom as it pertains to Army leaders; a scenario-based, paper-and-pencil instrument for assessing wisdom; and a detailed research plan for assessing AWARD’s validity and utility. During Phase II, we will develop a web-based tool that uses Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques to automatically score the users’ responses and provide them with diagnostic feedback for improving their level of wisdom.

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