Automation of P-3 Simulations to Improve Operator Workload
Ross, Justin L.
Darken, Chris J.
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The purpose of this research was to develop a methodology for creating P-3 Aircraft behaviors in the Joint Semi-Automated Forces (JSAF) simulation to help reduce the workload of JSAF terminal operators, which saves money for the Navy by lowering the number of operators required. JSAF is the core simulation engine of the Navy Continuous Training Environment, which is used to connect simulations and live units to conduct Fleet Synthetic Training (FST) exercises. There were three major steps to the methodology of this research. First, a task analysis of P-3 pucksters was conducted by interviewing subject matter experts and observing training exercises. Next, the proper mode of interfacing with JSAF was determined by weighing the pros and cons of several methods. Finally, an adaptive sonobuoy placement behavior was developed and implemented in JSAF. The behavior was successfully implemented in a local JSAF terminal and preliminary tests showed a significant potential for reducing the workload of JSAF operators. It is recommended that the adaptive sonobuoy behavior be fully developed and implemented in JSAF and this methodology be used to automate further behaviors in JSAF, which will lead to reduced manning requirements for FST exercises.
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