CPG is thrilled to be a lead contributor to a workshop on small unit decision making (SUDM) held in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. In October, CPG successfully completed the orientation phase of the SUDM workshop and looks forward to the implementation segment, which will commence in January. Marine Instructors for the School of Infantry East attend the sessions in order to gain vital skills in scenario development and assessment. After completing the workshop, these 48 Marines will be well versed to conduct the Infantry Small Unit Leader Course (ISULC). This course will result in superior aptitudes in decision making and problem solving abilities as well as infantry squad strategic formation on the battlefield.
Abstract: Cognitive Performance Group, in partnership with the Unites States Marine Corps Training and Education Command (TECOM), has undertaken a revolutionary Small Unit Decision Making (SUDM) initiative to formally train decision making as part of NCO institutional training. The initiative will entail constructing two new decision-making courses at the School of Infantry-East, delivering the decision-centered instruction, and longitudinally assessing the impact of the training on the NCO recipients. CPG has been identified by TECOM as a leading practitioner in using CTA to identify critical NCO decisions, designing training scenarios based on CTA outcomes, and applying instructional strategies in support of complex decision training. Therefore, CPG is the major contractor contributor to the Faculty Development effort at the School of Infantry’s Advanced Instructor Training Battalion (AITB). CPG is supporting AITB to develop the Infantry Small Unit Leader Course for Sergeants. We are training their instructors to apply CTA-derived tools and techniques to construct decision-centered practical application exercises, including tactical decision games, sand table exercises, virtual simulations, and field exercises. Further, we are teaching instructors to apply CTA-derived assessment tools to measure performance and provide decision-centered feedback. Finally, CPG serves as the sole outside advisor for the AITB scenario development efforts. The AITB plans to incorporate techniques provided by CPG into not only the new ISULC, but also across the School of Infantry curriculum in support of NCO decision training.