PERSONNEL IMPLICATIONS OF NEW TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS, MICROELECTRONICS AND AUTOMATION.
NAVAL PERSONNEL RESEARCH ACTIVITY SAN DIEGO CALIF
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The purpose of this exploratory investigation is to develop and employ valid bases in forecasting the most likely effects of new technology on future Navy personnel and training requirements. This report emphasizes long-range personnel implications of the introduction of microelectronics and attendant automation into the Fleet. The research is not directed at developing a personnel plan, but at providing the Navy with a tool of long range personnel planning. Content is based on a review of evidence previously developed, interviews with numerous scientists, technicians, and planners, both in and out of the military establishment, and a study of representative current technical and policy documentation. This report forecasts that the initial introduction of first generation microelectronic equipment will temporarily increase the variety of spares in the logistics pipeline and impose additional training requirements on those technicians responsible for its maintenance. It is further predicted that large-scale integration of microelectronic circuits will supersede first-generation microcircuitry during the mid-1970s, which will result in the gradual elimination of traditional shipboard trouble-shooting and repair of electronic equipments entering the development cycle during the late 1970s. Through gradual realization of very high inherent reliability, large scale circuit integration, and automated self-testing, substantial reductions in the logistics support requirements, and the numbers, skill levels, and training requirements of electronics technicians are forecast for the late 1970s and early 1980s. Author
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