Decision-Centered MOUT Training for Small Unit Leaders
Final rept. Nov 1998-Jul 2001
KLEIN ASSOCIATES INC FAIRBORN OH
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This research effort applied principles of Naturalistic Decision Making to identify the cognitive challenges involved in platoon leader decision mailing in Military Operations in Urban Terrain MOUT building clearing missions. The findings informed the development of classroom, hardcopy, and multimedia training products to support Infantry Officer Basic Course students in MOUT decision making. A Cognitive Task Analysis of the building clearing task entailed a series of in-depth interviews with Army personnel experienced in MOUT. The analysis resulted in a detailed representation of eleven high-level decision requirements associated with the building-clearing task. Cognitive demands related to each requirement - critical decisions and judgments, sensory cues, other actors, and expert strategies - are included in the representation. Four products were developed based on the findings of the analysis sixteen decision-centered training scenarios for MOUT environments an interactive, multimedia tool IMPACT that supports instructors in training MOUT decision making skills a classroom exercise that supports situation awareness appreciation and understanding and a guide that provides supplemental information regarding the building clearing task from a platoon leaders perspective.
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