Accession Number:

ADA043207

Title:

Human Factors Engineering in Air Force Weapon Systems Acquisition

Descriptive Note:

Study project rept.,

Corporate Author:

DEFENSE SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT COLL FORT BELVOIR VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1977-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

40.0

Abstract:

This report examines the role that human factors engineering plays in Air Force systems acquisition. It focused upon the conceptual, validation and full-scale engineering development phases of the acquisition process since it is during these phases that the major benefits of human factors engineering can be derived. Based upon previous analyses, letter reports, and the authors personal experience, human factors engineering activities appropriate to these phases are discussed. A brief review of Department of Defense and Air Force systems acquisition policy pertaining to human factors engineering is also presented. Some applications to present weapon programs are identified and discussed. It was concluded that the success of human factors engineering efforts is directly related to the management emphasis and priority given to consideration of the man-machine interface. Recommendations include strengthening the human factors engineering focal point and improvement of the human factors engineering career field to provide the necessary emphasis and resources for human factors engineering implementation. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE