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Analysis of the Special Operations Forces Network Training for Joint Mission Operations Simulator Training.

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Rept. for Jun 96-Jul 97,

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The 58th Training Support Squadron 58 TRSS, Kirtland AFB NM, developed a high-fidelity Combat Mission Training CMT capability for its Annual Refresher Training ART curriculum. This program culminates in a multiple-aircraft training operation involving five on-site networked aircrew training devices the MC-130P Combat Shadow Weapons Systems Trainer WST and Satellite Navigation System SNS, the MH-53J Pave Low WST, the TH-53A Operational Flight Trainer OFT, the MH-60G Pave Hawk WST, and the HH-60G OFT. The networked combination of these realistic training devices, coupled with high-fidelity geospecific databases, has enabled a unique Special Operations Force Network SOFNET training capability that combines dissimilar training devices in real time on a common Area of Operation. The simulators are linked via a central Intersimulator Network ISN that permits interactivity and shared viewing among the WSTs and OFTs. Importantly, the SOFNETISN creates a true shared mission rehearsal MR and training capability since multiple aircraft crews can plan, prepare, and execute a joint mission. In this report, we summarize the results of a preliminary investigative project to document multiple crew training methods, and crew reactions to SOFNET training. We describe how the TRSSs ART has evolved as a training pro ram then we present a conceptual model that serves as the basis for illustrating the SOFNET environment from three perspective levels Training Devices, Scenario Command and Control, and Mission Elements. In addition, we describe the methods of the research, including the research participants, data collection instruments, data collection procedures and techniques, and the resultant data structure. Following this, survey results are presented. We conclude this report by discussing implications for administering CMT within the TRSS, and the need for conducting further applied effectiveness and transfer of training research.

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  • Military Aircraft Operations
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Computer Systems
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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