Battle Command Teams' Workload, Situational Understanding, and Shared Mental Models at Unit of Employment, Unit of Action, and Combined Arms Battalion Levels
Final rept. Jun 2004-Feb 2005
ARMY RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD HUMAN RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING DIRECTORATE
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This experiment assessed mental model congruence, workload, and situational understanding SU for command teams at three levels during an experiment that examined battle command of future forces at the Unit of Action Maneuver Battle Lab at Fort Know, Kentucky. Compared to more subjective measures of workload and SU, objective measures of mental model consequence were low and did not improve as the experiment evolved. This suggests discrepancies between objective and subjective consistent levels of congruence. Because of the nature of the experiment, we are unable to clearly determine whether the inability to develop improve shared mental models of the situation can be attributed to doctrine or to shared understanding of doctrine , training, organization, or battle command tools. Smaller scaled, structured experiments using a well-trained, intact team would enable better measures of workload, SU, and mental model congruence. This in turn would help to determine if organization and technology improved workload, SU, and mental models.
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