Accession Number:

ADA317483

Title:

Evaluating Collaborative Technologies for Command and Control Teams.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Oct 94-Jan 96,

Corporate Author:

PACIFIC SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING GROUP INC SAN DIEGO CA

Report Date:

1996-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

48.0

Abstract:

This document describes the U. S. Navys initial demonstration of the collaborative technology assessment laboratory COLAB during a distributed situation assessment task. Five command and control warfare C2W teams, each consisting of three naval officers and a commander, participated in an exercise scenario involving four vignettes that required the team to generate a situation assessment report SITREP based on shared information. The COLAB compared the quality, completeness, and consistency of team performance based on collaborative technology with more traditional voice and text communications methods. No advantage could be attributed solely to the collaborative technology. Differences in the frequency and pattern of communications across the traditional and collaborative methods created nonmeaningful influences on the major outcome measures. However, these results led to improved understanding of team collaborative behavior and the creation of a systematic approach for assessing the role of collaborative technology on team performance. As part of this approach, the COBOL developed a set of analytic techniques for evaluating data collected in collaborative studies. These techniques can be applied in future experiments using the COLAB to evaluate collaborative processes and technologies in Navy C2W operations.

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems
  • Countermeasures

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE