An Introduction to Human Factors and Combat Models
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This thesis discusses the incorporation of human factors into combat models. First, an historical perspective to determine the significant human factors reveals that human factors fall into two categories based upon when they affect man the most beforeafter battle and during battle. Next, combat models are reviewed. Various purposes and model structures are discussed. Finally, incorporating human factors into combat models is discussed. It is argued that the model and the human factors must simultaneously be considered, for the selection of one influences the selection of the other. The structure and purpose of the model may limit which human factors can be considered. Analysis of the models sensitivity to human factor representations will indicate which human factors are significant in that model. Furthermore, empirical data are lacking and not all human factors are mathematically representable at the current time. Some human factors, such as decision making, may be included using artificial intelligence techniques until data are obtained, if possible. When models and human factors are combined, the model must still be usable and understandable. The conclusion is that human factors should be incorporated into combat models, step by step, as the data and mathematical representations are developed. Keywords Combat forces Warfare Theses.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems