Critique, Explore, Compare, and Adapt (CECA): A New Model for Command Decision Making

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Authors
  1. Bryant, D.J.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
Abstract
This report argues that Observe-Orient-Decide-Act (OODA) Loop is outdated as a model of human cognition and proposes a new model based on theoretical advances in the psychological and behavioural sciences since the 1950s. The Critique-Explore-Compare-Adapt (CECA) Loop is explicitly based on the premise that goal-oriented mental models are central to human decision making as the means to represent and make sense of the world. The model assumes that operational planning establishes the initial conceptual model, which is a mental model of the plan. A situation model is created to represent the state of the battlespace at any given point in time. The four phases of the CECA Loop broadly correspond to the identification of information needs (Critique), active and passive data collection and situation updating (Explore), comparison of the current situation to the conceptual model (Compare), and adaptation to aspects of the battlespace that invalidate the conceptual model or block the path to goal completion (Adapt). The CECA Loop is intended to serve as a simple but widely applicable framework in which to think about decision making in the context of C2. Among the advantages of the CECA Loop over the OODA Loop are greater insight into the nature of perception and understanding, introduction of critical thinking elements, and exposition of the central role of planning and the mental representation of operational concepts in C2.

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Keywords
Observe-Orient-Decide-Act (OODA)Loop;Critique-Explore-Compare-Adapt (CECA) Loop;Conceptual model;Situation model;C2;Situational awareness
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-TR-2003-105 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Jul 2003
Number of Pages
65
DSTKIM No
CA023160
CANDIS No
520351
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF);CD ROM

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