As in past years, we approached 2015 with a commitment to excellence and a determination to deliver transition-ready solutions to our clients. This year, CPG put a “bow” on the Small Unit Decision Making (SUDM) Assessment Battery and the Perceptual Training Systems and Tools (PercepTS) project; extended our successful Squad Overmatch research into the Tactical Combat Casualty Care domain; continued Marine Corps work on Master Instructor Development (MInD); launched the Accelerating Instructor Mastery (AIM) SBIR; initiated an Independent Assessment of MathCraft Technology; and, consulted on several VBS and scenario development efforts. In addition, we were team members on three multi-year IDIQs which were awarded. In short, 2015 was an extraordinary year that postures CPG for an even greater success during 2016 and beyond.
MInD research provides the USMC with an Instructor Mastery Model and a validated set of assessment tools for measuring performance and effectiveness in order to guide the career development of Marine instructors. The MInD research initiative supports the Commandant’s Planning Guidance and Marine Corps Vision & Strategy 2025. This 3-year effort is being accomplished by a CPG team led by Dr. Karol G. Ross.
Squad Overmatch Pilot Study involves the development and assessment of curriculum used to develop collective and team skills involving Advanced Situational Awareness, Resilience and Performance Enhancement, and Tactical Combat Casualty Care. CPG contributed to the research design, scenario development, measurement and assessment. The goal of the effort is to conduct experiments with Soldiers and Marines to assess instructional strategies that produce resilient, high performing Army and Marine Infantry Squads by leveraging existing programs of record more creatively. This project earned Best Education Paper recognition at IITSEC 2015 due in part due to the contributions of the CPG Team led by William A. Ross.
AIM is an innovative research initiative that is producing instructor development tools to supplement the USMC’s train-the-trainer activities, by focusing development on each of the performance areas identified in the CPG Instructor Mastery Model. The project will prototype and deliver automated interactive media solutions that learners can use for diagnosing performance needs and providing a structure for continual improvement. This research effort, in partnership with WisdomTools, is being led by Dr. Karol G. Ross.
The year ahead will build on our 2015 achievements and leverage our innovative research methods in collaboration with new partners. These 2016 initiatives will introduce human dimension concepts and designs that shape how small unit decision makers learn to dominate complex operating environments. The CPG Team will introduce new capabilities and position itself as a thought leader in the development of problem solving skills and the assessment of individual and team cognitive skills.
From all of us at CPG, best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year.