THE EFFECTS OF TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE FACTORS ON RAPID TACTICAL DECISION MAKING

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 9416
Amount: $497,180.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1991
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
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Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr Jean Macmillan
 (617) 273-3388
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Abstract
THIS SBIR PROPOSAL DISCUSSES THE DEVELOPMENT OF A THEORY OF TACTICAL DECISION MAKING EXPERTISE, BASED ON EXISTING LITERATURE AND INTERVIEWS WITH KEY MILITARY PERSONNEL. OUR CENTRAL THEORETICAL IDEA IS THAT EXPERT TACTICAL COMMANDERS HAVE A MENTAL MODEL OF THE BATTLE SITUATION THAT DIFFERS IN MEASURABLE WAYS FROM THAT OF NOVICES. WE SUGGEST THAT TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE FACTORS ENHANCE THE EXPERTISE OF THE COMMANDER BY IMPROVING THE RICHNESS, ACCURACY, AND TIMELINESS OF HIS/HER MENTAL MODEL OF THE TACTICAL SITUATION, AND THE CREATIVITY WITH WHICH IT IS APPLIED. A SET OF TESTABLE HYPOTHESES WILL BE EXTRACTED FROM THIS THEORY CONCERNING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MILITARY TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE FACTORS AND SUPERIOR TACTICAL DECISION PERFORMANCE BY EXPERTS. IN THE LONGER TERM, PHASE II OF THIS RESEARCH WILL BE A SOLID THEORY-BASED EXPERIMENTAL PROGRAM THAT WILL TEST THE HYPOTHESE DEVELOPED IN THE FIRST PHASE.

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