Analysis of Infantry Situation Awareness Training Requirements
Final rept. Dec 2000-Jun 2001
SA TECHNOLOGIES MARIETTA GA
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The application of emerging digital technologies promises to revolutionize information acquisition and distribution on the battlefield of the near future. With more rapid information flow, even minimally experienced officers will be pushed to achieve faster decision-action cycles, reducing the time to make and implement decisions. With this advent, officers will increasingly require robust abilities to rapidly develop and maintain high levels of situation awareness SA in the harsh, dynamic, and confusing environment of Infantry combat. To date, no training programs have been developed specifically for the purpose of enhancing SA in Infantry forces. This study focused on identifying areas of low and high SA, especially those areas where training can be employed to reduce deficits in SA, among less experienced officers. A literature review was conducted to explore research into SA, with an emphasis on the Infantry domain. In addition, data from a prior study were examined to explore the relationships between SA, and decision-making. Finally, trainers were surveyed to solicit their input on specific strengths and weaknesses in the SA, of new platoon leaders. Results of the investigation include recommendations for training programs to improve SA, in Infantry forces.
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