NSA, NETg partner on e-learning
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- May 17, 2000
The National Security Agency and NETg, an electronic learning company, have
formed the first-ever industry/government partnership to develop technology-based
NSA and NETg on Tuesday finalized a five-year cooperative research and development
agreement (CRADA), under which they will share personnel, physical resources
and funds to further develop learning technologies based on NETg's Learning
"We've been talking about Learning Object and using it as a standard for
industry as well as government for about a year," an NSA spokesman said.
"Last month, we signed the CRADA and we've been trying to get our facilities
and their facilities to start collaborating on...how it should migrate and
be compatible across systems."
Learning Object, which has been used in many state, local and educational
institutions, has a three-part format: a training objective, a training
activity and a learner assessment.
"We want to get other courseware providers involved in the future because
it's only a standard if other people use it, and that's what we're trying
to do," said the NSA spokesman.
The federal government awards CRADAs to private-sector institutions that
possess unique capabilities or knowledge within their industry for the purpose
of broadening the government's technology base through joint research.
The agreement was applauded on Capitol Hill. "The NETg/NSA cooperative agreement
will help federal government personnel learn new software efficiently,"
said Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.). "These programs will also be available
for use by schools, colleges and businesses. The agreement is a great example
of how public/private partnerships can help meet the social and economic
challenge of broad-based access to leading-edge technology."