Development of the Reactive Planning Strategies Simulation (REPSS)
Final rept. Oct 2004-Jul 2005
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES FORT KNOX KY
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The present report describes the development of the Reactive Planning Strategies Simulation REPSS, and the results of initial experimentation comparing the performance of distributed and co-located groups. The REPSS presents a simplified collaborative planning task where a commander and three teams organize relief mission convoys to four towns as part of a stability and reconstruction operation. The research supports the Leader Adaptability Army Training Objective ATO which seeks to provide prototype computer-based methods and tools to rapidly train and sustain fiandamental leadership and battle command skills required as increasingly complex command and control technologies and networks become operational. With regard to the planning process, the comparison of co-located and distributed groups showed clear differences in verbal and text-messaging communications. Automated measures of team planning synchronization and quantity of goods delivered provided some evidence that the co-located groups were better at achieving the goal of maximizing the delivery of required supplies consistently across the four towns. A majority of participants 93 indicated that the REPSS planning exercise could be usefial in command group training.
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