Accession Number : ADP001149

Title :   Human Factors in Night Attack - Test Methodology,

Corporate Author : BDM CORP ALBUQUERQUE NM

Personal Author(s) : Lang,Paul M. ; Boren,J. D. ; Ragland,Fred

Report Date : MAY 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 22

Abstract : This paper presents an interim report on a study designed to assess the overall operational effectiveness of a night attack weapon system when primary areas of concern include aircrew workload and stress. The study approach consisted of three broad steps. The first was to lay out the critical issues that arise in this mission area for any manned system. Our underlying concept of the aircrew is that of an individual with flexible but limited capacity for sensory-motor skills, mental calculations/decision-making, and ability to function under stress. These human capacities, different for each individual, interact with specific tasks generated by the characteristics of the weapon system and mission requirements. Any test for operational effectiveness must address these three factors: Individual Variations; Weapon System Characteristics; and Mission Tasking/Environment. Our second phase was the establishment of an overall methodology and data requirements based upon these three functions. The third step was a survey of available methods/facilities/equipment for the execution of such a test.

Descriptors :   *PILOTS, *WORKLOAD, *PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), *NIGHT WARFARE, OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, WEAPON SYSTEMS, STRESS(PSYCHOLOGY), STRESS(PHYSIOLOGY), JOB ANALYSIS, MISSIONS, RESPONSE, PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY, HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING, SYSTEMS ANALYSIS, WORKSHOPS

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE