Enhancing Fire Control Decision Making with the Patriot Cognitive Skills Trainer: Development and Validation
Technical Report,24 Sep 2014,23 May 2016
NORTHROP GRUMMAN CORP COLUMBUS GA COLUMBUS
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This report presents research supporting the development and evaluation of the Patriot Cognitive Skills Trainer, a set of computer-based instructional modules designed to support Patriot crewmembersspecifically new Tactical Control Officers TCO and Tactical Control Assistants TCA in developing an understanding of how Patriot subject matter experts address complex and ill-defined operational problems. The research was accomplished in three phases a a needs analysis and training specification, b training development, and c training validation. Findings suggest that the Patriot Cognitive Skills Trainer would be an effective training tool to enhance new TCOs and TCAs decision-making and problem solving skills as a supplement to existing instruction. In addition, the methodology used to identify decision-triggers may be applied to other Army domains to develop instruction focused on cognitive skills. Finally, this research demonstrated that it is not necessary to simulate all aspects of classified systems in order to produce viable and engaging training to support the development of cognitive skills to be applied in utilization of those systems.
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