Modelling Workload on the Bison C3I Command Post – Phase I - Task Analysis

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Authors
  1. Mangan, B.
  2. Morton, A.
  3. Angel, H.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Array Systems Computing Inc, Toronto Ont (CAN)
Abstract
This report presents a knowledge base for the creation of a Bison Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence (C3I) Mobile Command Post (MCP) simulator in the Defence Research and Development Canada – Toronto’s (DRDC-Toronto) Noise Simulation Facility (NSF). The purpose of this paper is to provide suitable MCP information such that the study of enhancements to communications, situation awareness, and hearing protection can be made. This knowledge base was established through a limited-scope literature review, a vehicle inspection, Subject Matter Expert (SME) interviews, a compiled inventory of Bison MCP equipment, and an analysis of the tasks performed by a MCP radio operator. Recommendations for MCP simulations include maintaining the highest level of fidelity possible between the lab-based model and the real-world; lab subjects should be trained signal operators and should be recruited from land force personnel (regular or reservist.) Representative MCP tasks would include cordon and search operations and IED scenarios. Operator assessments should be limited to 20 minutes in duration and should include approximately 40-50 messages, of which 5 should be deemed critical. A measure of operator performance may include a mock-briefing of a commander with all relevant intelligence reports or the updating of a map board or both.

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Keywords
auditory overload;audio visual strategies
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2009-131 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
30 Aug 2009
Number of Pages
58
DSTKIM No
CA033015
CANDIS No
532221
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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