The Impact of Human Factors on Decision Making in Combat
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This thesis identifies those human factors which impact on a commanders decision in a tactical combat environment. Various models for categorization are discussed. The study argues that in order to establish clear causaleffect relationships between human factors and battle outcome, concentration of analytical research must focus on first order effects. Two categorical judgment surveys in the form of questionnaires are developed. Results from the surveys are transformed to interval scales. The first survey is exploratory in nature and allows respondents to apply 27 endogenous factors within a generic tactical context. The second survey presents four specific tactical scenarios in which the top seven factors identified in the first survey can be applied. Respondent selection for the first survey represented the four military services while respondent selection for the second survey was limited to Army officers. The study concludes that the top seven factors are Leadership, TrainingExperience, Initiative, Discipline, Cohesion, Morale, and WillMotivation. The rank order and scaled magnitudes of these factors are found to be scenario dependent.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems