A Human Factors Approach to Analysing Military Command & Control

Research Paper Title

A Human Factors Approach to Analysing Military Command and Control.

Abstract

This paper applies the Event Analysis for Systemic Teamwork (EAST) method to an example of military command and control. EAST offers a way to describe system level ’emergent properties’ that arise from the complex interactions of system components (human and technical). These are described using an integrated methods approach and modelled using Task, Social and Knowledge networks. The current article is divided into three parts: a brief description of the military command and control context, a brief description of the EAST method, and a more in depth presentation of the analysis outcomes. Numerous findings emerge from the application of the method. These findings are compared with similar analyses undertaken in civilian domains, where Network Enabled Capability (NEC) is already in place. The emergent properties of the military scenario relate to the degree of system reconfigurability, systems level Situational Awareness (SA), team-working and the role of mediating technology. It is argued that the EAST method can be used to offer several
interesting perspectives on designing and specifying NEC capability in military contexts.

Reference & Document

A Human Factors Approach to Analysing Military Command & Control (Walker et al., 2010)

 

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