Training and Leader Development Research, Development, Studies and Analysis for Army Future Forces (TSLRDSA)

Challenge

Training must prepare U.S. Army units for full spectrum operations within the contemporary operational environment (COE), which range from conventional warfare in persistent conflict to stability operations. Research is needed that will identify and meet future training requirements for both current and future forces, for unit collective training, and for staff training. To support this research, the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI) awarded Engility a 5-year Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract.

Solution

Engility has provided a broad range of training-related services under a number of task orders, including the following:

  • Training Vignettes to Prepare Junior Leader Teams for Deployment. The Engility team conducted a cognitive task analysis (CTA) and provided the Government with a base scenario and four nested vignettes that replicated the tactical situation in Afghanistan and situational challenges junior leaders will face.
  • Cognitive Skill Requirements for Training Battle Command Expertise. Engility conducted a CTA of battalion-level battlefield visualization skills to identify the underlying cognitive processes and required instruction/content associated with expert performance.
  • Method for Specifying Needs for Future Collective Training Support Packages (TSPs). Engility developed a method for specifying future collective TSPs needed for the Future Combat System (FCS) program.
  • Measuring Battle Command Proficiency Across Tactical Situations. The Engility team designed methods for measuring leader proficiency.

Benefits/Achievements

By delivering high-end, sophisticated training services for the Army’s current and future forces, Engility supports ARI’s training programs for the next generation of U.S. soldiers. Engility provides training needs and requirements analysis, training programs and environments, and evaluation tools and methods. Engility’s contribution enables Army units to utilize digital training programs and Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) approaches to provide just-in-time realistic mission training in the field, reducing the need for central training facilities. Units will also be able to network training programs in “real-time,” so multiple field teams separated by distance will be able to train together in a single simulated environment.