IMPACTS: A tool for Improving And Measuring Perceptual, Attentional, and Critical Thinking Skills

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-09-C-0489
Agency Tracking Number: N081-062-0650
Amount: $1,396,130.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-062
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
12 Gill Street, Suite 1400, Woburn, MA, -
DUNS: 967259946
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jared Freeman
 V.P. of Research
 (202) 552-6116
Business Contact
 Margaret Clancy
Title: V.P. of Research
Phone: (781) 496-2415
Research Institution
Problem: Marines in the field rely heavily on their ability to survey the human landscape for potential insurgents and other individuals of interest. To support this activity, the Marines’ Combat Hunter program trains behavioral “profiling”, a set of skills used by military and civilian experts to read people and their interactions in complex environments. However, the Combat Hunter program has several critical limitations; it lacks throughput capacity, performance measures, and scientific grounding. Solution: Aptima proposes to develop the capability to address these limitations. IMPACTS will be a multi-media software system that provides Marines with behavioral profiling education, and exercises identifying cues in still and video imagery. IMPACTS will collect trainee performance data to diagnose skill deficiencies, provide diagnostic feedback for improving performance, and select subsequent IMPACTS training activities. These capabilities will support pre-training preparation (before live classes), trainee selection, training evaluation, and proposed scientific research to better define the core knowledge and skills of expert profilers. IMPACTS Phase I won a Phase III transition contract from PM TRASYS, as well as endorsements from the Marine Corps’ owner of Combat Hunter at TECOM and the principal civilian trainer of Combat Hunter profiling.

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