Accession Number : ADA323581

Title :   Small Team Portal into the 21st Century--STP21.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jun-Aug 96,

Corporate Author : ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s) : Salter, Margaret S. ; Knerr, Bruce W. ; Lampton, Donald R. ; Fober, Gene W. ; Dressel, J. D.

PDF Url : ADA323581

Report Date : DEC 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 63

Abstract : Behavioral scientists from the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences assisted the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) Simulation Center in conduct of excursions into the virtual 21st Century battlefield. The 1996 Defense Science Board (DSB) Summer Study requested analytical insights about concepts and technologies being considered for small team operations on the DSB's conceptual 21st Century Battlefield. The DSB focused on the concept of using technology to enable small rapidly deployable forces to accomplish missions previously only available to larger forces. Exercises were conducted in a virtual simulation environment U.S. Army and Marine Corps personnel used specially designed devices in a virtual simulation facility to test concepts about the capabilities of small (3- to 12-man) teams operating in a sensor-rich environment. In addition to computer reported data behavioral and tactical observers documented man-in-the-loop soldier performance and interactions with specific equipment. Combat effectiveness was enhanced through sophisticated communication devices and computers. Personnel were able in the virtual environment to perform tasks similar to those that might occur in a future battlefield scenario. A benefit of the simulation was the ability to portray future missions with prototype equipment.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, *BATTLEFIELDS, *VIRTUAL REALITY, TEST AND EVALUATION, SCENARIOS, OBSERVERS, SIMULATION, COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, ARMY RESEARCH, ARMY PERSONNEL, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), COMPUTERS, FACILITIES, TEAMS(PERSONNEL), COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT, PROTOTYPES, BEHAVIOR, MAN MACHINE SYSTEMS, MARINE CORPS PERSONNEL, SUMMER, SOCIAL SCIENCES.

Subject Categories : Cybernetics
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE