Human Trust in Networks
ARMY RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD SURVIVABILITY LETHALITY ANALYSIS DIRECTORATE
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The topic of human trust in a warfighting network is one that has many implications for the future of network enabled operations in military Command and Control C2. In this paper we review the concept of trust and discuss relevance for networked operations. We also document results from an exploratory study of human trust in the technical components of a tactical network. A prototype mobile ad hoc network MANET was used to simulate an Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance ISR field exercise with 39 Soldiers. A prototype survey was developed to examine the components of trust in the technical aspects of this network, and was administered daily. A principal components analysis with a Varimax rotated solution was conducted to investigate the major components of the survey questions. Four factors were extracted with significant loadings. This examination was a valuable first step in understanding how human trust of a tactical network can be measured and how we can use this information to improve networked performance. We identify areas of future research that can expand our understanding of how humans and networks interact to form trusting relationships. We review relevant papers from the 2008 13th ICCRTS that provide valuable assistance in determining a path forward.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Radio Communications