Charles River Analytics to lead study that aims to improve talent management in the Navy

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. U.S. Navy officials tasked Charles River Analytics Inc. to conduct a a program of study to improve talent management, including the training of individuals and staffing of Navy positions or billets.

The follow-on contract for Crowdsourced Acquisition of Models of Learning Transfer Strategies (CRAM-LESS) is valued close to $750,000 over a two-year period, with an option for an additional $1.25 million.

“The Navy assigns tens of thousands of new positions each month as Sailors join, transfer, and are promoted,” says Dr. James Niehaus, Senior Scientist at Charles River. “CRAM-LESS provides automated support to tackle this massive and complex task to provide the with the right person in the right place at the right time, saving manpower costs and improving Fleet readiness.”

Charles River is leading a team that includes Professors Frank Ritter and Rick Jacobs of the .

Navy must evolve to keep pace with the demands of new technology, battlefields, and enemy tactics in the face of budget reductions, officials say. It must fully use the existing skills of Navy personnel, and optimize the detailing and subsequent training of personnel to reduce costs and maximize effectiveness. The understanding of skill transfer is key to talent management, and requires understanding which skills can transfer between positions, the training needed to transfer, and which training is unnecessary.

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