INCOMMANDS TDP – Human Factors Evaluation of the Command Decision Support Capability Prototype

PDT INCOMMANDS – Évaluation des facteurs humains dans le cadre du prototype de capacité d'aide aux décisions de commandement

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Authors
  1. Baker, K.
  2. Hagen, L.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);CAE Professional Services, Ottawa (ON)
Abstract
The Innovative Naval COMbat MANagement Decision Support (INCOMMANDS) Technology Demonstration Project (TDP) attempts to improve the performance of Threat Evaluation (TE) and Combat Power Management (CPM) functions in response to multiple threats and impediments introduced by the littoral environment. Specifically, the purpose of the INCOMMANDS TDP is to develop and demonstrate advanced Above Water Warfare (AWW) command decision support concepts for the command team of the Halifax Class Frigate in order to improve the overall TE and CPM decision-making effectiveness. This report presents preliminary validation results stemming from a Heuristic Evaluation by a Human Factors analyst and Usability and Utility Testing with Naval operators of the INCOMMANDS Command Decision Support Capability (CDSC) prototype. The results of the usability and utility evaluation suggest that the concepts presented in the INCOMMANDS CDSC would improve task performance, increase situation awareness, and decrease operator workload. Further analysis and evaluation efforts are required to substantiate this finding.

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Keywords
INCOMMANDS TDP, Threat Evaluation and Combat Power Management, decision support,;heuristic analysis;usability;utility
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2009-041 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Mar 2009
Number of Pages
117
DSTKIM No
CA033532
CANDIS No
532852
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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