Military Cognitive Performance and Readiness Assessment Initiative: Final Report
ARMY RESEARCH INST OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE NATICK MA NATICK United States
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This report summarizes the findings and recommendations of the Cognitive Performance and Readiness Assessment Initiative Working Group, which was convened to provide recommendations for a synchronized approach for assessment of cognitive performance and readiness within military training and operational environments. Information regarding assessment practices, research findings and needs were collected from subject matter experts across the Department of Defense DoD and from a comprehensive review of the research literature. Analysis of information obtained through these sources revealed four key gaps in current cognitive assessment capabilities. These gaps include i a lack of empirical evidence linking performance on cognitive assessments to military-relevant performance standards coupled with a poor understanding of the cognitively-demanding elements of military job requirements and related tasks and standards, ii a lack of cognitive tools and metrics with adequate sensitivity, specificity and ecological validity to predict or detect changes in military task performance before operationally meaningful degradation occurs, iii a lack of sufficienteffective coordination of communications regarding cognitive performance assessment among DoD researchers and collaborators, and iv a need for improved coordination of communications between the DoD research and operational communities. It is likely that these gaps have contributed to limited progress in providing effective, targeted solutions to military leaders and service members SMs to sustain and enhance cognitive health and performance within military training and operational environments. Recommendations for a Research Roadmap or Program of Research to facilitate a coordinated, state-of-the-art approach for cognitive function assessment and prediction of SM performance within real-world military training and operational settings are discussed.
- Military Forces and Organizations