U.S. Navy taps Aptima to deliver new learning technologies, methods of instruction

WOBURN, Mass. U.S. Navy officials selected Aptima to develop numerous training advances to improve naval force readiness. The contract is worth up to $18.4 million.

Under contract, Aptima will assist the U.S. Navy’s Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) with a progressive agenda to research, develop, and insert new learning technologies and methods of instruction. These 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, customized 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 recognized as a key enabler of Sailor readiness,” says Janet Spruill, Aptima’s Vice President. “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 Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) in Dahlgren, Virginia is one of 11 learning centers within the Naval Education and Training Command. The AEGIS Training and Readiness Center, co-located to CSCS, is where U.S. and foreign sailors come to learn, operate, and maintain the AEGIS Combat 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 their advanced learning initiatives, Aptima will build on and extend past work with the Navy and the other services. In addition to the research and development, Aptima will employ its A-Measure suite of software to help CSCS capture, track, analyze, store, understand, and visualize 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 personalized instruction and job support,” Spruill adds. “By leveraging data and analytics we can better create, customize, and scale the learning experience, resulting in more efficient use of training resources as well as increased proficiency.”

Contract work will be performed in Virginia and at Aptima’s Orlando, Florida facility.