User Needs Analysis for Burden Mitigation Support to Army Stakeholder Organizations


  1. Tack, D.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Toronto Research Centre , Toronto ON (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
Physical and cognitive burdens on the soldier are a multi-factorial problem that is affected by the actions and decisions of many different Canadian Army stakeholder organizations. Under Defense Research and Development Canada’s (DRDC) Soldier System Effectiveness (SoSE) project, a WBE has been established to address the problem of soldier burden. The goals of this WBE are to better understand the factors contributing to soldier burden and to develop, validate and recommend strategies to mitigate the associated burden. The aims of this project were to review the needs of stakeholder organizations and to identify, and prioritize, strategies for the way ahead. Focus group discussions were held with six stakeholder organizations including the Army Combat Development Board (ACDB), the Canadian Army Land Warfare Centre (CALWC), the Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Command (CADTC), the Director Land Requirements (DLR 5), the Director Soldier System Project Management (DSSPM), the Infantry School, Combat Training Centre Gagetown, and the Medical Group at 2 Field Ambulance. The overwhelmingly consistent need of stakeholder organizations from the Burden Mitigation WBE is scientific evidence to support burden-related decisions. Stakeholders require scientific evidence to support and justify difficult decisions, valid measures and standards to control and shape the sources of burden, and knowledge and awareness of the effects and causes of burden, necessary to transform the enablin
soldier burden;physical burden;cognitive workload;takeholder needs analysis;soldier loads;soldier overload;burden mitigation strategies;load carriage;physiological monitoring;modular scalable armour;situation awareness;decision tools
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2018-C045 — Contract Report
Date of publication
01 Mar 2018
Number of Pages
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