A CPT You Should Know

Meet Dennis Duke, CPT
ISPI learned about Dennis’s work when he responded to comments in the CPT Update about our hosting representatives from the mine in Chile that collapsed this fall. It seems Dennis, in his work with the Navy, has supported the mining industry along with other high-risk industries. Dennis works for the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) in Orlando, Florida, where he has been since 1980. This organization is the principal Navy center for research, development, test and evaluation, acquisition, and product support of training systems. It also provides training systems support for the Marine Corps, Army, and Air Force, as well as to other agencies and industries. This “additional support” allowed Dennis to become involved with the mining industry.

After the successful rescue of nine miners in the July 2002 Cue Creek Mine near Somerset, Pennsylvania, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) conducted an investigation of the accident. One of the actions resulting from the investigation was to evaluate the effectiveness of MSHA training courses and the feasibility of creating a mine safety inspector position. Because of NAWCTSD’s reputation relating to the design and development of military training systems, MSHA contacted them to undertake an unbiased performance evaluation of existing courses at the Federal Mine Academy, Beckley, West Virginia, which incidentally is one of the nine federal academies existing in the United States. NAWCTSD was also asked to perform a job task and safety analysis for a mine safety inspector. In response to this official tasking, Dennis led a team of individuals who conducted an analysis of numerous courses at the Mine Academy to determine if the content taught in the courses correlated to the performance requirements (job and safety tasks) done on the job. He also led the job task analysis effort for the mine safety inspector. The final product was briefed to the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health.

The processes developed and implemented by Dennis and the Navy team to undertake training system front-end analyses were customized by MSHA and documented in Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention IC9490 Job Training Analysis–Roadmap For Teaching and Evaluating Job Skills. The MSHA team that was initially trained by Dennis and the NAWCTSD team went on to train others and ultimately undertook several additional job task analyses in their industry. Many of these analyses can be accessed from a Department of Labor website: www.msha.gov/interactivetraining/tasktraining/home_intro.html.

After the 1997 crash of ValuJet in the Everglades of Florida, NAWCTSD was tasked by the Flight Standards Division of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct a similar training situation analysis at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City and to undertake a job task analysis for the FAA flight safety inspector. Dennis led a team of analysts in this tasking and presented the results to Flight Standards in Washington, DC.

Dennis currently works as a senior analyst in the Human Performance and Instructional Systems Division of the Engineering Competency at NAWCTSD. During his 30-plus year tenure at NAWCTSD, Dennis has worked in all military warfare areas (naval aviation, surface, subsurface, Marine Corps aviation and ground, as well as Army aviation and ground). He also worked for other governmental agencies such as NASA, Department of Labor (DOL), and Department of Energy (DOE). Although Dennis has worked as a technical instructor, an integrated logistics manager, a program manager, and a first-line supervisor, he finds his current position as a senior analyst most rewarding.

“My project assignments have taken me all over the world and have placed me in unique situations–ones I never would have even thought of going to,” said Dennis. Some of his assignments have been extremely interesting and intellectually challenging. He said, “…in essence, you use the same process, but the challenge is applying it in slightly different ways to completely different (unique) situations and working with different people.”

Dennis has undertaken analyses for a variety of course curricula in numerous formal schools for the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps, as well as for foreign governments (while assigned in the Foreign Military Sales Division). Additionally, he has been involved with various weapon systems acquisitions where he performed Top-Down Function Analyses (TDFA) to develop audit trails that correlated individual and collective training objectives to weapon system functions and mission performance. He is currently working on establishing training system requirements for a new air platform being acquired by the U.S. Navy.

In 2004 Dennis’s professionalism was recognized by the Navy when he was designated a NAVAIR Fellow. The Fellows Program, which was instituted in 2000, is a peer-oriented technical recognition program for the Command’s most experienced and talented engineers and scientists who have made major contributions to naval aviation. They are considered to be the command’s top three quarters of 1% of engineers and scientists. There are currently 32 NAVAIR Fellows.

Dennis received undergraduate degrees in communication and education from Penn State University, a master’s degree in communication systems from Ohio University, an MBA with specialization in contract acquisition from the Florida Institute of Technology, and a doctorate in administration from the University of Central Florida.

He has also been an adjunct professor for the last 26 years. He teaches graduate courses in management, organizational behavior, human resources, and customer value at the H. Wayne Huizenga Graduate School of Business at Nova Southeastern University. He also teaches graduate courses in supply chain management and logistics at Florida Institute of Technology.

To learn more about what Dennis is doing, you may reach him at Dennis.Duke@navy.mil.