Accession Number : AD0874810

Title :   Airborne Operator Target Recognition Training Procedures. Volume II. Visual Reconnaissance Study.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Apr 67-Oct 68,

Corporate Author : AUTONETICS ANAHEIM CA

Personal Author(s) : Hansen, Oliver K.

Report Date : JUL 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 109

Abstract : The results of the second phase of the airborne operator target recognition training program are presented. The purpose of this phase was to conduct an experimental evaluation of alternative training procedures designed to develop the target recognition skills of airborne observers. The study employed a semi-automated training system and a visual flight simulator for final test comparisons. Experimental subjects were selected from a college student population having the physical, biographical, and psychological characteristics of USAF flight trainees. Results of the study are interpreted in three contexts. One related to the formal data interpretation. Another related to the practical problems of training military personnel in tactical target recognition and the third context related to training research methodology. It was concluded that the most effective training program was the one that included the psychophysiological vision material in combination with the instruction on specific target signatures and narrow-field static search. It was also concluded that new methods are needed to incorporate practical military considerations such as training cost, personnel availability, and operational relevance into the research decision strategy. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*TARGET RECOGNITION, AIRBORNE), (*AERIAL RECONNAISSANCE, AIR FORCE TRAINING), VISUAL PERCEPTION, FLIGHT SIMULATORS, DATA PROCESSING, PSYCHOPHYSICS, COST EFFECTIVENESS, PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT, PROGRAMMED INSTRUCTION, MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL.

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE