Measuring Command Post Operations in a Decisive Action Training Environment
Technical Report,01 Sep 2014,30 Sep 2015
CONSORTIUM OF UNIVERSITIES WASHINGTON DC WASHINGTON DC United States
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In collaboration with members of the Joint Readiness Training Center Warrior Leadership Council, we explored whether a guide on Command Post CP Operations could improve performance during Combat Training Center CTC rotations. The research design allowed for comparison of a control and experimental group. The experimental group received a CP Operations Guide with the intent of improving performance on CP Occupation, CP Operations and Follow Up Operations. Significant differences between control and experimental groups occurred primarily in terms of having the correct equipment and personnel differences were small and in favor of the control group. Overall, units performed all the CP Operations tasks at a minimum standard or standard level only. Minimum performance on the CP Operations Checklist may have resulted from not having a Standard Operating Procedure SOP for such tasks. There were significant differences between units that had an SOP versus those that did not units with an SOP performed better on all CP-related tasks. As command posts are central to most missions, having an established SOP, prior to a CTC rotation, should increase the likelihood of success in such training environments.