AL/HRT - Technical Training Research Division Technical Training Research Division

Armstrong Laboratory - Technical Training Research Division
(Air Force Materiel Command)

7909 Lindbergh Drive
Brooks AFB TX 78235-5352
(210) 536-2912; (DSN) 240-2912; FAX (210) 536-2902


As part of Armstrong Laboratory in San Antonio, Texas, the men and women of the Technical Training Research Division study ways of developing, evaluating, and applying adaptive training technologies to the challenges of trainers and educators everywhere.


Because it isn't getting any easier out there. Work environments are getting more complex, and, therefore, more demanding. We need more and better ways to educate and train employees to do their jobs. We need ways to make that education and training affordable, exportable, and effective.

Who are we?

We're the Department of Defense's lead agency for intelligent computer-aided training. There are currently 52 of us; 17 of us hold PhDs in such disciplines as cognitive psychology and educational technology. We're organized into four functional branches. Three of those branches are here in San Antonio. One is in San Diego, California, where we're co-located with folks from the Naval Personnel Research and Development Center. We also have an operating location at the USAF Academy.

Here's some information about some of us

What do we do?

Our major programs automate the complex steps of the instructional systems development process used by the Air Force, other services, and many corporate/industrial training functions for developing education and training. We have a visual representation of the development process. Each of our branches tackles a different aspect of that process, so that together we study the the whole process. All together, though, our research emphasizes the use of intelligent or "adaptive" technologies to help people design, develop, deliver, evaluate, and manage training in the simplest, most effective manner possible.

*Instructional Systems research allows us to answer the basic questions: How well did the system or technology meet training requirements? How effective was the training? How can we help inexperienced course developers design lessons more effectively? This area has tremendous potential for "dual-use" applications since we're dealing with basic learning theories and principles.

* Artificial Intelligence explores ways to enhance instructional power of traditional computer-based instructional systems by emulating the methods of an expert human tutor. Again, lots of applications in the military, industry, and education. The goal: to reap manpower, time, and cost savings over traditional development efforts.

*Distance Learning research is exploring technologies for the military and civilian classrooms of the future. Our distance learning work is enhanced by the work we do in the analysis, design, development, and evaluation of training system technologies.

*The Armstrong Laboratory Remote Operating Location at the USAF Academy reviews, facilitates, and coordinates research activities with USAFA faculty and cadets and develop collaborative projects to enhance accomplishing the missions of both organizations.

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