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Performance assessment of military teams in simulator and live exercises

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Authors
Mjelde, Frode V.
Subjects
Human Systems Integration
Manpower
Personnel
Training
Human Factors Engineering
Military teams
Team training
Team performance
Team performance assessment
Teamwork
Taskwork
Norwegian Naval Academy
Simulator systems
Virtual environment
Live environment
Reduced cost
Improved schedule
Improved performance
Advisors
Smith, Christian (Kip)
Date of Issue
2013-09
Date
Sep-13
Publisher
Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School
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The purpose of this paper is to present and evaluate a tool designed to assess the performance of military teams participating in complex military training exercises and to investigate the effectiveness of simulator training and live training from the matching of inherent stressors. Specifically, this study evaluates a tool that has been used by Norwegian military subject matter experts (SMEs) to assess the performance of eight cadet teams at the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy (RNoNA) during two separate 4-hour simulator exercises and a 48-hour live exercise. The resulting positive Spearman rank correlation coefficients between team performance assessments in the simulator exercises and the live exercise were strongest when the simulator scenario emphasized the stressors inherent in the live exercise and weakest when the simulator scenario did not facilitate the task demands in the live exercise. The study showed that (1) team performance measured in simulator training exercises can predict performance in a subsequent live training exercise, and (2) that scenario-based simulator training can realistically and effectively represent training demands for live operations. Our findings show the RNoNA tool can be easily applied to team training exercises and provide a meaningful evaluation of a team's future performance.
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Operations Research
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Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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