Accession Number : ADA306801

Title :   Military Command Decisionmaking Expertise.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Aug 91-Mar 94,

Corporate Author : ALPHATECH INC BURLINGTON MA

Personal Author(s) : Deckert, James C. ; Entin, Elleen B. ; Entin, Elliot E. ; MacMillan, Jean

PDF Url : ADA306801

Report Date : JAN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 111

Abstract : This report describes the development and validation of a theoretical framework for the investigation of tactical decisionmaking expertise. The theoretical framework was developed based upon interviews with U.S. Army command decisionmaking experts and a review of the literature on expertise. The primary means of validation was the conduct of a set of scenario-driven experiments using as subjects Army officers ranging in rank and experience from captain through General Officer. Three retired General Officers rated the level of expertise of 46 subjects independently based upon written products and videotapes. Nonmilitary researchers used the same set of products plus questionnaires to independently score a set of objective measures derived to test aspects of the theoretical framework. The three expert judges showed remarkable consistency in their independent ratings of the expertise level of the subjects. Many of the objective measures correlated with the experts' ratings. The objective measures did not, however, account for a significant enough portion of the variance to be, by themselves, reliable indicants of expertise. Suggestions for further research directions are presented in the conclusions.

Descriptors :   *DECISION MAKING, *LEADERSHIP, *MILITARY COMMANDERS, *ARMY PLANNING, SKILLS, ARMY PERSONNEL, LITERATURE SURVEYS, COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, GENERAL OFFICERS.

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE