Advanced Learning Technologies to be Initially Applied to AEGIS Platform
Aptima has been contracted by the US Navy (USN) to develop numerous training advances to improve naval force readiness.
In a contract valued at up to $18.4 million Aptima, which applies expertise in how humans think, learn, and perform, will assist the Navy’s Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) with a progressive agenda to research, develop and insert new learning technologies and methods of instruction as part of the USN mission to prepare a more agile force. The advances will support Ready Relevant Learning, the Navy vision outlined in Sailor 2025 for providing the right training at the right time in the right way.
The contract includes developing advanced capabilities for measuring sailor performance and delivering adaptive, customised point-of-need training and instruction.
“At the heart of the Navy’s model for continuous learning is human performance measurement, which has gone from a little-used and largely subjective practice, to being recognised as a key enabler of sailor readiness,” commented company Vice President, Janet Spruill. “Now, with the ability to understand an individual’s knowledge, skills, and abilities, learning systems can tailor and deliver the optimal training experience anytime, anywhere it’s needed.”
The contract will benefit instructors, curriculum developers and students at CSCS in Dahlgren, VA, one of 11 learning centres within Naval Education and Training Command. Currently, US and foreign sailors come to CSCS’ schoolhouse, the AEGIS Training and Readiness Center, co-located in Dahlgren, to gain the knowledge, ability and skill to operate and maintain the AEGIS combat system, an integrated naval weapons system. The new capabilities will allow sailors to receive the right training at the right time, while improving training throughput and instructional methods over time.
To aid CSCS in its advanced learning initiatives, Aptima will build on and extend past work with the Navy and its sister services. In addition to the research and development, Aptima will employ its A-MEASURE suite of software to help CSCS capture, track, analyse, store, understand and visualise sailor performance in real time.
“With the advances in training technologies, such as Live-Virtual-Constructive-Gaming environments, and the proliferation of sensors and analytics, the foundation is in place to create truly personalised instruction and job support,” added Spruill. “By leveraging data and analytics we can better create, customise and scale the learning experience, resulting in more efficient use of training resources as well as increased proficiency.”