Study of Target Handoff Techniques
HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH ORGANIZATION ALEXANDRIA VA
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The objectives of the research were a to determine how air-to- ground and ground-to-air target handoff target designation has been accomplished in the past and b to develop techniques for low-cost experimental studies of target handoff in order to develop new procedures and specify requirements for new equipment. An attempt was made to develop a battery of paper-and-pencil tests for selection or classification of individuals who will perform target handoff as part of their job. This effort did not produce a practically useful result. Analysis of recordings obtained of the verbal interchange between individuals performing simulated handoffs may provide useful cues as to the characteristics of effective verbal behavior during handoff. The simulator developed for the research appears useful as an inexpensive training device.