Accession Number:

ADA230822

Title:

Communication Interrupt Effects on Tactical Decisions

Descriptive Note:

Professional paper

Corporate Author:

NAVAL OCEAN SYSTEMS CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Report Date:

1990-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

19.0

Abstract:

Overall findings indicated that periodic interruptions in data and tactical voice communications degrade battle effectiveness. This was largely the result of delays in the decision to launch additional interceptor aircraft as needed to counter the threat. The results suggested that the decision delays in launching interceptors were attributed to the commanders uncertainty about the tactical situation due to the interruption in updates of his geographical situation display. Few attempts to compensate for the communications losses were observed. Individual differences were noted in the extent to which the commanders relied on various kinds of tactical information and in their tendency to anticipate enemy actions. When multiple AAW decision makers E-2 commanders were dealing with overlapping sectors in the same simulations, few attempts to coordinate their activities were noted. Rather, each decision maker functioned independently for the most part, as though leaving coordination decisions to their superior.

Subject Categories:

  • Radio Communications

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE