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Engineer's Guide to the Use of Human Resources in Electronic System Design: an Evaluation.

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For several years, the Navy has been unable to provide sufficient numbers of adequately skilled operators and maintainers for sophisticated shipboard electronic systems. Manpower problems in operating and maintaining these systems are widely recognized in the Navy and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. To deal with these problems, the Assistant Secretary of Defense Manpower, Reserve Affairs, and Logistics has outlined new constraining requirements for dealing with manning support problems before final decisions are made to acquire new major systems. Also, the Navy has begun a program to document and, eventually, monitor and control the problems in matching manpower resources with new system hardware requirements. The intent of this program, which was called the HARDMAN Program, was to develop a regulatory structure to ensure that manpower requirements would become a major factor in making system acquisition and design decisions. To support ASD requirements and complement the HARDMAN regulatory structure, the Navy Personnel Research and Development Center began development of the Engineers Guide to the Use of Human Resources in Electronics System Design. The purpose of the guide was to provide a data base that would help the Navy acquisition and development community and the contractor design community to develop electronic systems that require fewer human resources--in terms of both numbers and skill levels. It was a first attempt at assembling existing data, gathering new pertinent data, and packaging the data in a document that could be called out by system acquisition and development organizations and implemented by design engineers.

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  • Marine Engineering
  • Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems

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