Training Adaptability in Digital Skills

Period of Performance: 03/03/2000 - 01/31/2000


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

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

Research Topics


The concept of Network-Centric Warfare is rapidly becoming reality for today's military. In practically every operational context the tools used by the modern digital warrior are networked and software based. In such digital environments, the successful warfighters are those who possess a solid foundation of adaptive digital-literacy that goes beyond abilities to utilize specific tools and applications, and includes deep knowledge of digital concepts that are relevant in every context of use. For our Phase I effort, we propose to develop a digital-skills training package that is based on contemporary cognitive theory and training practice, provides today's warfighter with a deep foundation of digital skills and knowledge, provides opportunities for practice in multiple contexts, teaches focused learning strategies to maximize the transfer of prior knowledge, and delivers training content directly to operational settings using modern distance-learning methods. Our experience and expertise in observing and measuring performance using digital tools in military environments, applying knowledge elicitation techniques (e.g., cognitive task analysis) to capture and structure expert skills and knowledge across many different domains, developing innovative training packages, and evaluating training effectiveness makes the Aptima/Executive Consulting Group (ECG) team exceptionally well qualified to address the difficult problem of training transferable digital skills. BENEFITS: A flexible training program that allows a user to train general principles of specific skills, instead of just training specific behaviors, will be valuable to both government and industry in this quickly changing, complex, fast-paced, technology-intensive environment.