Accession Number:

ADA101877

Title:

The Contribution of Human Factors in Military System Development: Methodological Considerations

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Sep 79-Jul 80

Corporate Author:

BIOTECHNOLOGY INC FALLS CHURCH VA

Report Date:

1980-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

295.0

Abstract:

This document reports on an effort to determine a the conceptual basis for human factors contributions to military system development and b the feasibility of an impact assessment methodology to measure the value of human factors RD in system development. For these purposes, two parallel analytic processes were implemented. One analytic process provided the conceptual basis for human factors in military system development. First, a rationale for human factors contributions and products was prepared. This rationale was further supported by policy documentation containing requirements for human factors RD. The second analytic process provided the basis for evaluating human factors contributions. A review of cost-benefit analysis techniques applicable to human factors was performed together with a derivation of measurement metrics. These efforts resulted in a framework for performance of impact assessment and a determination that it is a feasible methodology for application to evaluations of human factors contributions to military system development. This technical report provides recommendations for further refinement and validation of impact assessment in the measurement of the value of human factors efforts and products. Recommendations for developing human factors impact assessment handbooks are also provided. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE