Reconnaissance Information Transfer in Urban Operations

Transfert d’Information de Reconnaissance au Cours d’Opérations dans les Zones Bâties

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Authors
  1. Angel, H.A.
  2. Massel, L.J.
  3. Vilhena, P.G.S.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
Abstract
This trial investigated the utility of providing leaders with different modalities of information and mediums of information transfer for use during dismounted infantry operations in an urban battlefield environment. A 12-day field trial was undertaken at Fort Benning, Georgia over the period of 3 March – 17 March 2003. Fourteen regular force infantry NCO’s and Officers prepared plans for fighting and reconnaissance (recce) patrols based on alternative information media. During the execution of the fighting patrols, NCO’s and Officers reviewed and amended their plans using new information received during the pre-attack recce and with different means of information transfer. For this trial, human factors tests included measures of mission performance, information effectiveness for mission adaptability, terrain awareness, and the utility and usability of the different information media. Data collection methods included questionnaires and focus groups. The main goal of this trial was to assess the platoon requirements for information transfer. The information provided by the different information packages did not differ significantly for participant acceptance and the effort required to use any information provided via the different methods was not significantly different. The utility of providing digital maps and simple side view photos for planning (military operations on urban terrain) MOUT operations was not as well received by the participants as when they received ot

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Keywords
Soldier Information Requirements Technology Demonstration Project;SIREQ TD;Reconnaissance;recce;Information Transfer;Urban Operations;dismounted infantry;mission planning;MOUT;terrain representation;terrain models
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2005-044 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 May 2005
Number of Pages
69
DSTKIM No
CA026791
CANDIS No
524751
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Electronic Document(PDF)

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