Accession Number : ADA112465

Title :   Cost Benefit Assessment of Candidate Decision Aids for Naval Air ASW.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 15 Apr 80-15 Apr 81,

Corporate Author : ANALYTICS INC WILLOW GROVE PA

Personal Author(s) : Zachary,Wayne W

PDF Url : ADA112465

Report Date : Sep 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 205

Abstract : General methodologies are developed for assessing potential benefits and costs of candidate (early design stage) decision aids. Two types of decision aiding benefits are considered -- increases in mission achievement, and decreases in operator workload. The methodology assess both benefits across a range of related scenarios. Cost assessment considers total costs of developing, implementing, and maintaining an aid as well as savings, e.g., removal of equipment superseded by the aid, simplification of training procedures. Net costs are computed by subtracting savings from total costs. The benefit assessment methodology is applied to two candidate decision aids for the Naval Air ASW Tactical Coordinator (TACCO). One, the Sonobuoy Pattern Planning Decision Aid, helps the TACCO utilize in-situ environmental conditions and intelligence updates during selection of sonobuoy search pattern. The other, the Attack Planning Decision Aid, helps the TACCO obtain attack criteria and place an optimal attack. Both aids produce substantial increases in mission achievement. The Sonobuoy Pattern Planning aid yields a moderate decrease in operator workload, while the Attack Planning aid yields a more sizable decrease in operator workload. Further development of both aids is deemed justifiable, and a detailed man-machine interface for the Sonobuoy Pattern Planning Aid is presented. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Decision making, *Man computer interface, Naval aviation, Antisubmarine warfare, Naval planning, Naval intelligence, Attack, Optimization, Military tactics, Ranking, Cost analysis, Benefits, Cost effectiveness, Patrol aircraft, Sonobuoys, Searching, Antisubmarine aircraft, Military commanders, Scenarios, Optimization, Man machine systems, Work

Subject Categories : Undersea and Antisubmarine Warfare
      Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE