Investigation of Alternative Organizational Structures for the Digitized Platoon

Étude de Nouvelles Structures Organisationnelles pour le Peloton Doté d’Outils Numériques


  1. Tack, D.W.
  2. Harold, A.A.
  3. Vilhena, P.G.S.
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Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
The effects of digitization have been evaluated in past SIREQ-TD studies on select aspects of mission planning, navigation, communication, entity tracking, information transfer, etc. Using more robust, portable soldier computing systems, this study sought to evaluate the overall mission effectiveness of digitization on section and platoon performance. Given these expected performance improvements, three different platoon organizational structures were assessed to determine which structure or organizational factors most influence the ability of a platoon to fully realize the potential afforded by a digitally-enabled capability. A twelve-day field trial was undertaken at Fort Benning, Georgia with fifteen regular force infantry NCOs and Officers. Senior NCOs and Officers were required to command platoon elements in three different platoon organizational structures, using digitally-enabled capabilities, to complete missions in both wooded and urban terrain. Participants in this study strongly endorsed the use of digitally-enabled capabilities for platoon missions in both wooded and urban terrain. The digitally-enabled platoon was better able to receive, distribute and share information with digital messaging and intra-section radios, than the non-digital baseline. Digitally-enabled platoon elements were also able to be more opportunistic, respond to tactical opportunities, and adapt to unexpected changes in the mission situation much more effectively than in the non-digital cond

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Soldier Information Requirements Technology Demonstration Project;SIREQ TD;portable soldier computing systems;digitization;platoon structure;blue force tracking;digital maps;intra-scetion communications;soldier radio;remote sensors;dismounted infantry;alternative tactics, techniques and procedures;TTP's;swarming doctrine
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2005-060 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Apr 2006
Number of Pages
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