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Daniel Zelik: Air Force Interviewed ‘Hundreds’ of Analysts to Build Intell Tool

Air Force logoA U.S. Air Force team has developed a tool for intelligence analysts worldwide to streamline their tasks and has requested feedback on the tool from them.

The Air Force said Thursday that the Enhanced Reporting, Narrative Event Streaming Tool combines a video player, speech-to-text program, slide maker and chat feature.

“In the development of this software we visited at least five different bases and interviewed hundreds of different analysts to get a good understanding on how they perform their job,” said Daniel Zelik, senior cognitive systems engineer with the 711th Human Performance Wing’s Human Analyst Augmentation Branch.

David Shahady, branch chief for the Human Analyst Augmentation Branch, added that team members also intended to study the ERNEST program’s impact on workload and cognition with wearable physiological sensors.

“During this testing we were able to measure things like the analysts respiration rate, heart rate and where they looked at the screen, which enabled us to see not only how the analysts interacted with the program but also how it had a physical effect on them as well,” Shahady said.

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