STRIKE-TCT: Simulation-based Training and Rehearsal Integrated Knowledge-acquisition Environment for Time Critical Targeting

Period of Performance: 07/14/2003 - 04/14/2004


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

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


As new capabilities are designed and developed for the Joint Strike Fighter, it is essential that effective time critical targeting (TCT) training capabilities be designed, developed and tested for ultimate integration into future JSF training. We propose to develop STRIKE-TCT-a PC-based training and rehearsal system that allows JSF crews to experience the key aspects of TCT decision making. STRIKE-TCT will allow an aircrew to "fly" a simulated mission, detect and analyze a target based on a realistic simulation, and make decisions regarding the prosecution of that target, all within the realistic time constraints of a JSF TCT mission. The system will provide coaching and feedback during the training session as well as a systematic after-action performance assessment and debriefing after the session is completed. STRIKE-TCT will integrate simulation, visualization, performance assessment, and intelligent coaching capabilities to effectively train the competencies required for TCT. Because of the strong prior experience and technology capabilities of the Aptima/SDS team, we will provide a prototype of the STRIKE-TCT system-not just design specifications-in Phase I. In Phase II we will fully develop the system and evaluate its effectiveness in increasing the analysis and decision making skills that are critical to TCT. The STRIKE-TCT product will offer a unique combination of advanced simulation technology with advanced training design and learner evaluation methods. The immediate benefit is to measurably improve the quality of Air Force TCT training. Eventual markets include other military strike training systems and the burgeoning simulation-based training market including corporate training, public safety content and service training, financial and medical continuing education, and healthcare and science education.