Digitising Command and Control: A Human Factors and Ergonomics Analysis of Mission Planning and Battlespace Management

Digitising Command and Control: A Human Factors and Ergonomics Analysis of Mission Planning and Battlespace Management

Hardback Human Factors in Defence

By (author) Neville A. Stanton, By (author) Daniel P. Jenkins, By (author) Paul M. Salmon, By (author) Guy H. Walker, By (author) Kirsten M.A. Revell, By (author) Laura Rafferty

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  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • Format: Hardback | 238 pages
  • Dimensions: 172mm x 244mm x 20mm | 662g
  • Publication date: 12 November 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Aldershot
  • ISBN 10: 0754677591
  • ISBN 13: 9780754677598
  • Sales rank: 1,366,511

Product description

This book presents a human factors and ergonomics evaluation of a digital Mission Planning and Battle-space Management (MP/BM) system. An emphasis was placed on the activities at the Brigade (Bde) and the Battle Group (BG) headquarters (HQ) levels. The analysts distributed their time evenly between these two locations. The human factors team from Brunel University, as part of the HFI DTC, undertook a multi-faceted approach to the investigation, including: observation of people using the traditional analogue MP/BM processes in the course of their work; cognitive work analysis of the digital MP/BM system; analysis of the tasks and goal structure required by the digital MP/BM; assessment against a usability questionnaire; analysis of the distributed situation awareness; and, an environmental survey. The book concludes with a summary of the research project's findings and offers many valuable insights. For example, the recommendations for short-term improvements in the current generation of digital MP/BM system address general design improvements, user-interface design improvements, hardware improvements, infrastructure improvements and support improvements. In looking forward to the next generation digital MP/BM systems, general human factors design principles are presented and human factors issues in digitising mission planning are considered.

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Author information

Professor Stanton holds a Chair in Human Factors in the School of Civil Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton. He has published over 140 peer-reviewed journal papers and 14 books on Human Factors and Ergonomics. Dan Jenkins Graduated in 2004 from Brunel University with an MEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering and Design receiving the 'University Prize' for top student in the department. With over two years experienced as a Design Engineer in the Automotive Industry, Dan has worked in a number of roles throughout the world. Paul Salmon is a Senior Research Fellow in the Human Factors Group at Monash University and holds a BSc in Sports Science and an MSc in Applied Ergonomics, (both from the University of Sunderland). Paul has over six years experience in applied human factors research in a number of domains, including the military, civil and general aviation, rail and road transport and has previously worked on a variety of research projects in these areas. Guy Walker has a BSc Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Southampton and a PhD in Human Factors from Brunel University. His research interests are wide ranging, spanning driver behaviour and the role of feedback in vehicles, railway safety and the issue of signals passed at danger, and the application of sociotechnical systems theory to the design and evaluation of military command and control systems. Guy is the author/co-author of over forty peer reviewed journal articles and several books.

Table of contents

Overview of the book; Human factors in system design; Mission planning and battle space management; Constraint analysis; Hierarchical task analysis; Distributes situation awareness; Social network analysis; SCADA analysis; Usability questionnaire; Environmental survey; Summary: conclusions and recommendations; References; Index.