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Aptima to advance US Army personnel development

9th January 2019 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Aptima has received a five-year, $19 million contract to support the US Army in acquiring, developing, employing and retaining professional soldiers and enhancing personnel readiness.

Under the contract, awarded by the US Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI), Aptima will pursue a progressive ongoing research plan that includes developing tools to effectively measure, assess and develop soldier and leader competencies, focused on building the agile and adaptive skills for personnel to succeed in any environment or situation.

The research and development programme will emphasise the development of higher-order cognitive and social skills, and equip personnel and teams with the advanced problem-solving and critical-thinking needed to anticipate change, understand systems, mitigate risks, solve complex problems and devise innovative strategies in challenging conditions.

Krista Ratwani, director of learning and training systems at Aptima, said: ‘Personnel across the Department of Defense face constant change, and learning and development must keep pace. The army’s goal is to measure, manage and deliver learning experiences tailored to the needs of personnel anytime/anywhere, to support their total readiness.

‘Whether training in a live or simulated exercise, or on a post halfway around the world, Aptima’s measurement capabilities combined with our learning analytics and adaptive training technologies can provide a foundation for this talent management framework.’

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