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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$1,545,161.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00014-09-C-0489
Award Id:
87568
Agency Tracking Number:
N081-062-0650
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
N08-062
Solicitation Number:
2008.1
Small Business Information
12 Gill Street, Suite 1400, Woburn, MA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
967259946
Principal Investigator:
Jared Freeman
V.P. of Research
(202) 552-6116
freeman@aptima.com
Business Contact:
Margaret Clancy
V.P. of Research
(781) 496-2415
clancy@aptima.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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