The Analyst's Analyst: An Assessment And Training System For Intelligence Organizations

Period of Performance: 09/26/2002 - 09/26/2004


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street Array
Woburn, MA 01801
Principal Investigator


Aptima and Knowledge Analysis Technologies will create a training system for DGS intelligence analysts. The system will leverage an innovative assessment technology: Latent Semantic Analysis. The system, called the Analyst's Analyst will: · Assess knowledge and skills that constitute Mission Essential Competencies, with a special focus on the research skills and report generation skills of analysts. · Train analysts in MECs through briefings, scenario-based practice with feedback, and debriefings. · Develop team skills through cross-training across specialties, supervisory role-playing, and the presence of virtual teammates. · Provide training administrators, instructors, and training evaluators with control over process and with reports of results at the individual and team level. To develop the training content for this system, the project team will conduct a Cognitive Work Analysis of DGS operations and identify the Mission Essential Competencies of its intelligence specialists.