Linking Knowledge and Skills to Mission Essential Competency-Based Syllabus Development for Distributed Mission Operations
Interim rept. Jun 2004-Jun 2005
AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB MESA AZ HUMAN EFFECTIVENESS DIRECTORATE
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The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and Air Combat Command have pioneered the development of a new approach to defining warfighter training and rehearsal requirements based on the identification of a set of Mission Essential Competencies MECs. MECs are defined as the higher order individual, team, and inter-team competencies that a fully prepared pilot, crew, or flight requires for successful mission completion under adverse conditions in a non-permissive environment. Targeting specific training objectives using these broad competency definitions is difficult therefore, the MEC process also involves the identification of Supporting Competencies and more specific Knowledge and Skills. Research at the Air Force Research Laboratory has developed methods that permit quantitative links to be established between the MECs and specific Knowledge and Skills. These links are a critical step in the definition of mission performance requirements and serve as the drivers for the specification of training objectives and the design of scenarios for distributed training. This report describes the development of these links and will detail how the links have been used to define scenarios and syllabi. In addition, the paper will present data on pilot proficiency improvement resulting from the implementation of competency-focused scenarios and syllabi. Implications for future application of the quantitative links as a means of pinpointing proficiency gaps and performance shortfalls also are discussed.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics