The US Navy has awarded a contract to TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) to design, develop, deliver and evaluate a largely non-proprietary prototype intelligent tutoring system.

Under the $6.9m cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, TCS will research and develop a intelligent tutoring authoring and delivery system (ITADS) as well as associated content for the US Navy’s information technology, and will emphasise the troubleshooting skills required for the US Navy.

TCS senior vice-president and chief technology officer Drew Morin said the intelligent tutoring technologies will help the US Navy enhance the proficiency of its sailors.

"Through ITADS, TCS will help the navy conduct additional research to prove the cost-effectiveness of intelligent tutoring training systems," Morin said.

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Initially, ITADS research will focus on computer systems and security skillsets and, if successful, the system will be deployed to other critical skillsets throughout navy training.

"ITADS research will focus on computer systems and security skillsets."

In addition to providing effective training when compared to traditional training methods, the TCS’ ITADS technology maximise the effectiveness of training, while also helping the navy develop cost-effective intelligent tutoring systems.

"With critical skill shortages in key areas such as cybersecurity, and budget constraints limiting training pipelines, intelligent tutoring can be a game changer for our nation’s soldiers."

TCS provides cutting-edge training solutions for the US Department of Defense’s most critical skillsets in the cyber and IT fields, Morin continued.

Scheduled to be completed in September 2015, work under the contract will be carried out in California, Florida and Maryland, US.

The US Naval air warfare centre training systems division will serve as the contracting activity.

Defence Technology