Main Project Capabilities & Focus Areas
Solving complex problems requires an ability to make data-driven decisions. However, in an era of big data, uncertainty, and rapidly evolving requirements can overwhelm leaders, policy makers, and managers with information. The Navy seeks to optimize decision making and related outcomes at individual, team, and organizational levels through effective application of decision science theories and tools.
Currently, the Navy applies decision science in a variety of contexts, including teaching ethical decision making to senior leaders, using forecasting models and predictive analyses to support the processing of intelligence, and relying on mathematical projections for budgeting and acquisition purposes. As decision science includes everything from the study of how an individual makes decisions under differing circumstances to how teams of humans interpret computer-processed data, the Navy’s goal of augmenting and systematizing decision science applications across the fleet is a complex undertaking.
The purpose of the Gap Analysis of Decision-Making Curriculum Across the Navy effort is to identify best practices and gaps in how decision science is currently taught at Navy institutions, and to make recommendations for supporting Naval leaders through the integration of current research and innovative approaches to learning. This project will support the Navy in modernizing the content and instructional approaches for decision making theory and practice. The ultimate goal is to improve strategic and operational decisions through a coherent, enterprise-level decision science learning strategy.
This effort is sponsored by the U.S. Navy and the Office of Naval Research.