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US Army Contracts Stottler Henke to Develop Training for
Measuring Progress in Stability and Reconstruction
Advanced training software will help US military and civilian agencies use the
Measuring Progress in Conflict Environments (MPICE) framework and software
SAN MATEO, CA, July 10, 2009 — Stottler Henke Associates, Inc.
the award of a two-year $750,000 contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to
develop an advanced training system to help US government agencies use the
Measuring Progress in Conflict Environments (MPICE) framework and software tool.
The system will help military and civilian agencies learn to apply MPICE more
effectively to assess the progress of stability and reconstruction operations.
It is extremely difficult to assess the progress of stability and reconstruction operations
conducted in complex environments such as Iraq and Afghanistan. To address this
problem, the US Government developed the Measuring Progress in Conflict
Environments (MPICE) framework. It is a comprehensive catalog of quantitative metrics
for assessing institutional performance and drivers of conflict in five sectors: stable
governance, safe and secure environment, rule of law, sustainable economy, and
social well-being. In addition, a new MPICE software tool will help leaders and analysts
capture, manage, analyze, interpret, visualize, and report MPICE metrics data to
measure the progress of operations in conflict environments more quickly and
Under this new contract, a team led by Stottler Henke will develop the MPICE
Intelligent Tutoring System (MPICE-ITS). This system will teach higher-level analytical
skills needed to use the MPICE framework and software tool effectively. Planned
learning objectives include selecting, adapting, and weighting metrics that are
appropriate for the environment and mission. Additional learning objectives include
collecting and interpreting metrics data to assess progress and model the causes and
effects in the environment.
MPICE-ITS will introduce concepts, facts, and strategies for using the MPICE
methodology. In addition, it will include scenario-based exercises that challenge
students to apply this knowledge to solve problems in hypothetical or historical conflict
environments. Tutoring dialogs will provide hints and pose questions to guide the
students’ reasoning, elicit and assess their rationale, and encourage them to reflect on
their own reasoning and decisions.
Founded in 1988, Stottler Henke Associates, Inc. applies artificial intelligence and other
advanced software technologies to solve problems that defy solution using traditional
approaches. The company delivers intelligent software solutions for education and training,
planning and scheduling, knowledge management and discovery, decision support, and software
In 2006, Stottler Henke was the subject of a NASA
"Hallmarks of Success"
for its work developing and later commercializing
advanced planning and training software systems.
Stottler Henke received a
2004 "Brandon Hall Excellence
in Learning" award
for innovative technology.
Stottler Henke was named one of the "top 100" companies making a significant impact on the military
training industry by Military Training Technology magazine, and in 2005 received a Blue
Ribbon recognizing it as a company that leads the industry in innovation.