Usability Assessment of Mission Planning and Briefing Tools


  1. Colbert, H.J.
  2. Kumagai, J.K.
  3. Hawes, V.L.
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Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
This study investigated the use of digital tools to support Platoon-level leadership for mission planning activities. It also investigated information elements and briefing tools that might be used to support the orders process and identified areas where valuable advantages could be provided by digital tools on the battlefield. Thirty-six soldiers (12 leadership, 24 riflemen) participated in this experiment, which involved planning and briefing tasks for urban Platoon assault missions in the McKenna MOUT site at Fort Benning, Georgia. Part one of the experiment involved an investigation of the current methods, and areas of improvement for route planning, trench site planning, range card preparation, and observation and listening post site planning. Part Two involved an investigation of the use of digital tools to assist in the planning and briefing of Platoon-level missions. Participants used four different sets of tools to assist with plan development: the in-service paper based method, a 2D digital condition where participants used the Soldier Awareness System Land Navigation Module, a 3D digital option where participants used a Sextant V2 model of the McKenna MOUT site and finally a second 3D digital option where participants used a detailed model of the McKenna MOUT site built on Sierra Entertainment’s Half-Life multi-player first-person computer game platform. Results suggest that while some soldiers feel that the in-service paper-based tools for mission planning and b

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Soldier Information Requirements Technology Demonstration Project;SIREQ TD;mission planning;digital tools;Sextant V2;Soldier Awareness System Land Navigation Module;3D route planning;briefing tools;orders;site planning;human factors
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2005-043 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Jul 2005
Number of Pages
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