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A Work Domain Analysis of Shipboard Command and Control
DEFENCE RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT ATLANTIC DARTMOUTH (NOVA SCOTIA)
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Shipboard Command and Control C2 presents unique challenges for decision support. Tactical decisions require that the ships Command Team gain timely access to and comprehend the significance of large amounts of information that may impact on the mission. While operations depend heavily on doctrine and standard procedures, many tactical details must be established in real time, particularly as unanticipated events or anomalous situations arise. This imposes significant cognitive demands on operators for active situation assessment and decision making, where benefits for performance improvements may be expected from incorporating advanced support tools like decision support systems and integrative work aids and displays. Cognitive Work Analysis CWA is a layered, systems-based analysis framework that specifically addresses system design to support operators in unanticipated situations. Its first layer is a work domain analysis WDA, which develops hierarchical models representing the intentional, functional, and physical properties of the work domain, at different levels of abstraction, as well as the relations between these levels. In this document, we discuss the results of a year-long study of the application of WDA to tactical C2 for the Canadian Navys HALIFAX Class frigate. We review the WDA models that resulted and briefly describe some applications of the CWA approach in this work environment. This work is part of ongoing research to evaluate the role of CWA in C2 system design.
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