Accession Number:

ADA218872

Title:

Experimental Design and Analysis of M1A1 Commander/Gunner Performance during CONOPS (Continuous Operations) Using the U-COFT (Unit Conduct of Fire Trainer)

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1989-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

81.0

Abstract:

This paper presents an experimental design which demonstrates the potential of high fidelity simulators as performance data collection tools. The experiment employs the Unit Conduct of Fire Trainer U-COFT, an M1A1 Tank simulator, to measure the effects of sleep loss on the performance of the commandergunner team. The Complex Cognitive Assessment Battery CCAB will also be used to measure sleep loss degradation of cognitive skills. The crews will be subjected to a structured environment for 72 hours with the control crews receiving eight hours of sleep each day, and the experimental crews receiving four hours of sleep each day. Furthermore, half of the experimental groups will sleep during a peak of the circadian cycle and half will sleep during a trough. The results of these experiments will provide commandergunner team performance distributions for target acquisition, identification, classification, time to fire, accuracy, and system management capabilities during continuous operations CONOPS. The results of these experiments could be applied to land combat models, like JANUS, as a first step toward incorporating human factors into the models. The capabilities of high fidelity simulators demonstrated by this experiment should cause future simulators to be designed not only for training, but also for data collection and processing. Keywords Simulators Training devices Data collection methods Human factors CONOPS U-COFT Combat models Experimental design Tank crew performance Combat simulations CCAB Military theses.

Subject Categories:

  • Combat Vehicles

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE