Defence & Security

The difference between success and failure within the security sector often comes down to fine margins and it’s rarely a simple factor of pure knowledge or skill that impacts on the outcome.  Human performance will always be a massively important factor and having the ability to know what level of performance and risk there is within your own personnel is a key area of intelligence worth having.  We are able to accurately measure the value to which someone puts on areas of life and work.  And in addition we can identify to what extent an individual has strong or poor judgement ability either within a risk environment or whilst off duty.

The Judgement Index was used as part of the selection process for the Military to Mentors programme, a project run by SkillForce on behalf of the Department for Education as part of the MOD backed Troops for Teachers initiative.  In addition to mapping candidate’s competency against our requirements, the Judgement Index gave valuable insights into their wellbeing and resilience also.  This enabled us to make an informed risk assessment of their ability to cope with stress, an essential requirement given that many candidates had active operational experience and would be working with very challenging young people who were at risk of exclusion from the school system.

In total over 150 candidates were screened over a 9 month period.  The quality of the candidates that were selected for Military to Mentors has been evident in the high number that have successfully made the transition into employment within the education sector working for schools colleges and SkillForce itself.”

James Moore, Project Manager – Military Mentors

Identifying Risk

The concept of analysing stress and wellness to predict risk has synergy across any environment where there is risk and this will also include security of assets and people.  The security sector is a typical environment where risk is increased if individuals and teams are under pressure and stress and there coping ability is weak or inhibited.  The Judgement Index will identify individuals and collective groups that represent a higher risk by using key indicators from certain results we gather i.e. noticing, focus and stress will significantly increase performance prediction and risk.  If potential risk employees are identified then appropriate measures can be initiated to resolve the situation.  This is a very pro-active method of reducing an incident or situation spiralling out of containment and control.

Military Initiatives

•    Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (sample study to predict success and risk within Officer Cadets)
•    NATO Defence College (Rome) – Development of team cohesion and analysis of risk in a team of multi-national officers.
•    Navel Leadership Academy – Staff development and team cohesion development.
•    USA Citadel College – Assessment and development cadets.
•    Walter Reed US Naval Hospital – Assessment and development of medical staff
•    Military Mentor (UK Gov Project) – Analysis of role capability and risk prior to training.
•    USA National Centre for Construction Research and Education – Screening Site Supervisors for risk and role capability.
•    SkillForce UK Charity – Screening instructors and team leaders conducting activities for role capability and risk.

“I was first introduced to Judgement Index (JI) in 2008 when serving in the British Army and Commanding the Operational Training Advisory Group (OPTAG), charged with delivery predeployment/mission specific training to all soldiers and Royal Marines bound for Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo and Georgia.

Having suspected some issues with one of my more high functioning teams, I asked Rob Coulthard (MD of JI) to assist. After a 20 minute on-line questionnaire, entirely anonymous as far as Rob was concerned, he was able not only to identify the problem areas, assess the underlying issues but to suggest highly effective coping strategies for those concerned. That team was functioning to full capacity within two weeks and this was entirely down to JI. In addition his assessment correctly identified one of the subjects who was suffering from post operational strain and our early intervention enabled us to minimise the effect on the individual and rehabilitate him rapidly.

Determined to find out more about this impressive tool, I researched other projects that Rob had undertaken with Royal Marines, aircrew, and the winning Royal Navy Rugby team of 2010. I subsequently used JI for assembling and maintaining military teams and for developmental work within them. I was also able to recommend their implementation into the UK Sport, the Great Britain Olympic yachting teams (RYA) and the English RFU. All of these have started or are about to start utilising Rob’s programmes.  All this has led me to recommend JI to my own company as the assessment and development tool of choice for a company of 68,000 personnel world-wide.” 

Colonel (Retired) RJ Westley OBE MC

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