Accession Number : ADA328473

Title :   Assessment of User Reactions to the Multi-Service Distributed Training Testbed (MDT2) System.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jul 93-Jun 96,

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

Personal Author(s) : Mirabella, Angelo ; Sticha, Paul ; Morrison, John

PDF Url : ADA328473

Report Date : APR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 105

Abstract : This research was part of a larger program to develop a methodology for multi-Service training of Close Air Support (CAS), using Distributed Interactive Simulation (DIS) technology. This paper summarizes all assessment of user reactions to the training. Survey questionnaires. group interviews, and observations of the training were used to obtain data on to questions. What value is added to existing Service training cycles by the DIS methodology developed? How well did the training work? A key finding was that the distributed methodology fills a critical gap in training multi-Service CAS coordination tasks. An important potential application of the research is to 'ramp-up' training in preparation for rotations to combat training centers. Many lessons were learned about how to develop and apply survey and interview instruments as part of a larger evaluation of DIS training. For example, we 'discovered' that for multiple sites and services 'one size does not fit all.' Assessment instruments must be carefully prepared in different versions to suit the varying perspectives and roles of multiple services.

Descriptors :   *TRAINING, *CLOSE SUPPORT, *DISTRIBUTED INTERACTIVE SIMULATION, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, TEST BEDS, NETWORKS, TRAINING DEVICES, TACTICAL AIR SUPPORT, JOINT MILITARY ACTIVITIES, MILITARY TRAINING, LEARNING, BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES.

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE