Accession Number : ADA331506

Title :   Improving Tactical Maneuver With Digital Situational Awareness

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis 4 Aug 96-6 Jun 97

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Degroat, Arthur S.

PDF Url : ADA331506

Report Date : 06 JUN 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 86

Abstract : This study investigates the use of digital situational awareness to improve tactical maneuver functions of armored and mechanized company teams. The concept presented concludes that all maneuver functions realize a potential for improved execution by enhancing the operators ability to perceive, comprehend and predict future states of his environment by employing advanced command and control systems to create digital situational awareness. The Army is expending significant effort toward making qualitative improvements to the lethality, tempo and survivability of warfighting organizations as it develops the force for the 21st century. Central to this effort is an initiative to digitize the battlefield by applying advanced information technologies to the battle command systems of the combined arms team. This study explains how and why tactical maneuver is improved by digital situational awareness. This study examines current tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP), findings from Army Advanced Warfighting Experiments (AWE) and Situational Awareness Theory from Human Factors psychology to determine the nature of performance improvement. For the Army to realize the enhancements it is seeking, it must fully understand the effects that digital systems have upon small units executing tactical maneuver.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY STRATEGY, *MANEUVERS, *MILITARY TACTICS, *AWARENESS, THESES, COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, TACTICAL ANALYSIS, LETHALITY.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE