Lessons Learned from a Front-End Analysis Effort: The Case of Pedestal-Mounted Stinger (PMS)
Final rept. Apr 1986-Sep 1987
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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The Manned Systems Group of the Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences is concerned with the application of the principles of MANPRINT Manpower and Personnel Integration to the acquisition of weapons systems. At the heart of the MANPRINT initiative is early intervention in the life cycle of a system to assure that manpower, personnel, training, human factors engineering, system safety, and health hazards are confronted and successfully dealt with before a prototype system is built. This report is concerned with a MANPRINT intervention for the Pedestal-Mounted Stinger PMS air defense system. It discusses the use of a front-end analysis FEA technique called MIST Man-Integrated Systems Technology that provided manpower and personnel estimates for PMS. Despite the inability to gain access to the most desirable types of data, the estimates pinpointed a serious maintenance manpower shortfall at organizational level. The emphasis of this report is on the lessons learned in attempting to apply MIST to PMS, some pitfalls of which all FEA practitioners should be aware, and potential solutions that could facilitate FEA applications in future acquisitions.
- Antiaircraft Defense Systems