Accession Number:

ADA508029

Title:

Training Small Unit Leaders and Teams

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Jan 2003-Dec 2008

Corporate Author:

ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES FORT BENNING GA RESEARCH UNIT

Report Date:

2009-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

67.0

Abstract:

This report summarizes a 3-year U.S. Army Research Institute ARI research program in the area of small unit leader and team training. The program encompassed 27 separate lines of investigation across five broad areas. The new and emerging systems section covers reduced exposure firing with the Land Warrior system, Land Warriors training impact, Warfighting Experimentation Lab, the battlefield information requirements of squad leaders, interactive methods to train digital map displays, training plans for teaching the digital skills associated with computer-based Soldier systems, and training lessons learned. The section on desktop simulation describes research into the training value of electronic games, software to improve the situational awareness of infantry platoon leaders, game-based simulation for learning cultural skills, multi-player game-based technology for asymmetric mission training, and a new desktop application for training rapid decision making. The automated tools section covers the development of easy-to-use scenario generation tools for Army trainers, aids for conducting After Action Reviews AAR with the future Ground Soldier System, improved methods for training Soldiers to conduct effective AARs, and software for assessing Soldier skills in virtual environments. The section on simulation technology assessment highlights instructional interventions for training in virtual environments, the evaluation of a virtual system for training skills associated with urban operations, and the results of three mixed reality experiments. The high performance tasks section presents training issues associated with the Objective Force Warrior system, research to identify the characteristics of adaptive leaders, five factors essential for successful decentralized training, training products to instill Warrior Ethos, a job performance aid to improve troop leading procedures, and the results of a survey of 187 veterans of operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE