Delivering After Action Reviews

Calytrix Training Systems division (CaTS, Australia) has secured a contract to extend and develop the After Action Review (AAR) systems of the Joint Combined Training Centre (JCTC). This contract follows the CaTS review of the JCTC AAR systems post Talisman Sabre 2007 exercise.

CaTS recognises that the AAR process is an essential component to the delivery and reporting of an exercise and the successful assessment of any training event. An AAR is a professional discussion of an event, focused on performance standards, that enables participants to discover for themselves what happened, why it happened, and how to sustain strengths and improve on weaknesses. It is a tool that Commanders, and staff, can use to get maximum benefit from every mission or task. A complete AAR process allows the Commanders intent to be inserted into the planning and execution phases of training and ultimately through to the training outcome and lessons learnt.

In order to achieve this objective the JCTC AAR facilities will deliver a mechanism that allows intent, or training objectives, to be tracked through the entire planning, conduct and assessment phases. Building on the Calytrix Mentor framework and logged ground truth artifacts (voice communications, common operating pictures and 3D visualisations) CaTS will develop and field the new AAR systems for the JCTC.

AAR Module

Under this new contract CaTS will further develop the systems (software and hardware), processes and Subject Matter Expert (SME) teams to deliver timely and meaningful AAR support to exercises. This new AAR facility will initially be trialed during upcoming Pitch Black exercise.