Stinger Team Performance During Engagement Operations in a Chemical Environment: The Effect of Cuing
Final rept. Aug 1990-Mar 1992
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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For this report, 29 Stinger teams were tested wearing chemical protective clothing under conditions of MOPPO Mission Oriented Protective Posture 0 and MOPP4 in the Range Target System engagement simulation facility. Twelve teams performed without precise cuing information, and 17 performed with precise cuing information. Measurements were recorded for engagement performance, stress, workload, and vision. Engagement performance was degraded by wearing MOPP4, but was improved with the addition of precise visual cues. Use of these cues substantially reduced the degradation from wearing MOPP4. For rotary-wing targets cues restored 53 of the engagement time lost to MOPP4. For fixed-wing targets, cues restored engagement ranges to MOPPO levels. Reported stress and workload ratings were higher for MOPP4 than for MOPPO. Detection performance of Stinger team chiefs both in MOPPO and MOPP4, was correlated with several measures of visual sensitivity.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Protective Equipment