TO: All DS13 Department Heads and Assistant Department Heads CC: FCAPT N. Perim; CMDR J. Helstone; DS13 Fleet Command FROM: CMDR A. Freeman SUBJ: Interdepartmental Training Courses
At the last staff meeting, a proposal I offered was approved by our Commanding Officer, and since many of your departments were not represented at the meeting, please allow me to lay out the proposal, and how I imagine it working.
We will begin to offer the officers and crewmen in all our respective departments a series of skills refresher courses on a wide range of specific topics. Each department will come up with a list of skills they would like to offer officers and crew of the other departments, and an expert in that skill will instruct and train those in attendance on how to carry out those skills. Many of these skills are likely things we all trained on at the Academy, but have not put into practice since then. These courses will be monthly, and each department will encourage it's personnel to attend if possible.
I would like a list of skill topics from you that you feel would be vital for our officers to learn so that they could be better prepared in an emergency situation. Once I have a list, we can coordinate on the order of the courses and a rotation schedule.
TO: CMDR A. Freeman CC: FCAPT N. Perim; CMDR J. Helstone; DS13 Fleet Command FROM: LTCR A. Mandra SUBJ: RE: Interdepartmental Training Courses
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I am unavailable at this time for such efforts due to continued personal/professional issues (including now bereavement leave. The form requesting the offset from my originally planned leave time deduction has been sent into the Personnel department already).
That being said, for when I am back on station or able to remotely provide any work, my skills are available to this program.
My primary skills that can be offered are Computer Programming, Information Transfer Theory, Advanced Computer Interfacing, Digital Fault Isolation and Troubleshooting (note: not hardware or software system design issues, that requires Engineering collaboration), and Understanding and Working with Intelligent Synthetic Systems (read: Class 1 AIs, not to be confused with Class 2 Sentient systems, a description of the differences in classifications can be provided on request and/or be part of this skills program if needed).
I hope this is helpful, have a nice day.
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Lieutenant Commander Alina Mandra
Assistant Chief of Sciences, DS13
I feel I can offer my extensive knowledge and for Tactical training exercises I feel my ship would be the perfect setup for training, and my crew has extensive combat experience. I look forward to hearing from you so we can discuss this farther.
TO DS13/ All Departments CC - FROM DS13/ Science SUBJ Re: Interdepartmental Training Courses
Apologies for the delay in reply. I agree wholeheartedly with your proposal, interdepartmental training will ensure that the highest number of officers and crew are capable in the widest variety of scenarios. I've spent the last few days with my project leaders going over the details regarding the Science Department's contribution.
The vast majority of our projects are very specific in nature, too specific for any in-depth cross training to be of use to most of the personnel that will be undergoing this training. What we've decided to do is create a rotating list of project leads to teach the course. A small emphasis will be placed on their specific field (i.e. physics, biology, chemistry, etc) while a larger emphasis will be placed on broader topics that we often use to tackle problems. Topics such as efficient uses of inductive and deductive reasoning, multi-vector problem solving, and efficient dissemination of pertinent facts.
We are not expecting any of these to be entirely new topics to anyone. Our goal is to expand the participants knowledge base. Attached is a roster of the project leads who will be teaching as well as their fields and any additional topics. If you need further clarification or would like to tweak the plan please don't hesitate to contact me.
~Signed Commander Reese Everhart
Chief Science Officer