HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH ORGANIZATION ALEXANDRIA VA
A principal objective of Work Unit DECIDE was to identify decision-making skills required to command and control ongoing tactical operations at the battalion level. One aspect of decision making in command and control settings is the production of combat orders. The objective of the research was to model the activities of battalion commanders and their staffs as they produce fragmentary orders during the execution of a tactical operation order, as an initial step for improvement in the production of combat orders. The developed model for the production of combat fragmentary orders has potential applicability to a range of combat situations. Further investigation of the model is needed to determine its validity and generalizability. This model, if validated and applied, can provide a basis for improving the effectiveness of the production of fragmentary orders. The model can contribute to the development of training materials and programs for improving production of combat fragmentary orders by assisting in a specification of performance requirements for members of the command group, b identification of requisite knowledges and skills, c selection of materials for inclusion in training programs, and d the design of training programs, especially training simulations.