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Decision making in military command teams: an experimental study

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Authors
Lane, Christopher James
Monk, John Wesley
Subjects
Resource allocation in Naval Command Teams (RAINCOAT)
Composite Warfare Commander - Distributed Dynamic Decision-making (CWC-DDD)
Resource coordination
Resource effectiveness
Uncertainty
Information structure
Leader role
Advisors
Sengupta, Kishore
Jones, Carl R.
Date of Issue
2010-06
Date
March 1992
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
Language
en_US
Abstract
This study examines the role of resource allocation in naval command teams. The experiment is based on the Composite Warfare Commander - Distributed Dynamic Decision-making (CWC-DDD) paradigm and investigates the impact of uncertainty in neutral/enemy discriminability, team information structure, and leader's involvement in resource coordination. Seven four-member teams, consisting of military officers, used the CWC-DDD to combat a preprogrammed air threat to a naval battle group. Results show that increased average resource effectiveness and higher average identification confidence lead to higher final team strength. However, increased upward communications lead to lower final team strength. Functional (tactical vs. non-tactical) variation is military background have a significant impact on team performance. Teams that are predominately tactical develop more coherent strategies, more effectively utilize their resources and have better team performance. Teams that are non-tactical develop limited strategies, assign lower confidence to their target identifications and have more upward communications.
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Department of Administrative Sciences
Organization
Naval Postgraduate School
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Format
58 p.
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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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