Investigation of Information Exchange Alternatives in Support of Platoon Tactics

Étude: Solutions de Rechange pour l’Échange d’Information à l’Appui de la Tactique des Pelotons

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Authors
  1. Vilhena, P.G.S.
  2. Angel, H.A.
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 digital messaging for information exchange in dismounted infantry urban operations. A 20-day field trial was conducted at Fort Benning, Georgia over the period of 19 October to 9 November, 2003, which included nine missions (plus one pilot mission) during the day. Forty regular Canadian Forces (CF) infantry soldiers were required to undertake force-on-force tactical assault missions that moved through a wooded terrain to an objective in an urban environment. The assaulting force comprised a Company HQ, a Platoon HQ, three dismounted infantry sections, and a weapons detachment to assault one defending section. Human factors measures included subjective utility and usability assessments of the different information exchange alternatives. Data collection methods included questionnaires, focus groups, and HF observer assessments. Participants thought that more information via digital format was positive for leadership elements of a platoon, provided the amount of information in the digital system is manageable. This suggests that a system has to be customized/filtered to the individual or leadership level in order to maximize information exchange and minimize cognitive impact to the soldier’s ongoing tasks. Based on observations and results of this study, improvements to the digital prototype and recommendations for future investigations are discussed.

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Keywords
Soldier Information Requirements Technology Demonstration Project;SIREQ TD;Information Exchange;Platoon Tactics;digital information;dismounted infantry;urban operations;mission planning
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2005-046 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 May 2005
Number of Pages
63
DSTKIM No
CA026792
CANDIS No
524752
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Electronic Document(PDF)

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