PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- The Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) visited the Center for Information Dominance (CID) Corry Station, Jan. 19.
CID is the Navy's Learning Center that leads, manages and delivers Navy and joint force training in information operations, information technology, cryptology and intelligence.
With a staff of nearly 1,300 military, civilian and contracted staff members, CID oversees the development and administration of more than 168 courses at four commands, two detachments and 16 learning sites throughout the United States and in Japan. CID provides training for approximately 24,000 members of the U.S. Armed Services and allied forces each year.
"It's my first exposure to all the tremendous training that's going on down here," said Vice Adm. Scott R. Van Buskirk, Chief of Naval Personnel. "It's wonderful to see all the enthusiasm, both from instructors and students, and how the delivery of new and cutting edge technology and skills to our young Sailors is preparing them for the fleet."
Though it was his first visit to CID, the learning center has been a bright blip on the CNP's radar, thanks in large part to the implementation of the Information Dominance Corps (IDC) in early 2010.
As part of a recent CNP initiative to align training for the IDC under one roof, the Center for Naval Intelligence merged with CID, transforming the newly blended learning center into one of the largest, most geographically-dispersed and complex centers within the Naval Education and Training Command domain.
One new program CID is helping to develop is Digital Tutor (DT), which Van Buskirk toured during his visit.
DT is a research and development pilot program that is being tested at CID to model computer-based training for the next generation of cyber warriors. In partnership with Acuitus and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), DT has extensively studied how the best instructors teach and how they adapt to individual students' learning style. This information is then incorporated into an adaptive learning delivery system, which will enable the DT to teach each student one-on-one in an instructor-led, computer-based environment.
Van Buskirk said he was particularly encouraged by the high level of instruction being conducted at CID.
"This cutting edge type of instruction shows how much we continue to invest in our ability to train our folks," Van Buskirk said. "I'm awestruck by some of the methods that are being used, as compared to when I was trained when I went out to the fleet."
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