Personal Education and Training Assistant (PETA)

The Navy and its sister services face the continuing challenge of maintaining force readiness while budgetary constraints and increasing operational tempo create serious shortfalls in the training infrastructure. In the foreseeable future, military budgets will be constrained and personnel levels will decline, while changes in the mission spectrum and advances in weapon technology will significantly increase performance demands. Training automation in the form of an intelligent tutor or Personal Education and Training Assistant (PETA) can potentially provide a significant part of a total solution to evolving DoD training requirements. IET has been working with the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and the Naval Air Warfare Center/Technical Systems Division (NAWC/TSD) to build such a capability -- the knowledge base reasoning portion of a larger system that delivers customized learning to service personnel.