Accession Number:

ADA512586

Title:

Innovative C2 Training Solutions for Air Force Modular Control Systems

Descriptive Note:

Conference paper

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB MESA AZ HUMAN EFFECTIVENESS DIRECTORATE

Report Date:

2002-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

13.0

Abstract:

Although the importance of command and control C2 training has grown in recent years, many C2 organizations are having difficulty in meeting training requirements. A number of solutions have recently been proposed to provide effective training for the Air Force battle management crews responsible for tactical-level C2 in the Theater Air Control System TACS Modular Control Equipment MCE. Some proposed solutions include intelligent tutors and standalone systems. Standalone systems currently do not provide training for the complete TACS MCE functionality. The most effective way to provide TACS training is to have the trainees employ the equipment they actually use, interfaced with the other entities, and all operating in a realistic synthetic battlespace. Although it has been possible to interface several operational modular control units together for operator training, these Systems Training Exercises STEs have typically involved a large investment of time and manpower for planning, scenario generation, and operation. In addition, these training exercises have been expensive. Joint Service Training Exercises JSTEs have involved an even greater investment of time, manning, and funding. The JSTE cost is so great that operators do not have an opportunity to participate on a regular basis. This paper will focus on the use of innovative training tools that could result in enhanced C2 training with minimal investment of time, manpower, or funding. The paper reports the success of a low-cost interface of the MCE with Joint Automated Forces JSAF and Distributed Mission Training, the use of this interface in an operational STE, the combination of this interface with a virtual reality capability for training, and future plans for expanded MCE training using these innovative tools.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Computer Systems
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems
  • Administration and Management

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE