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Designing Soldier Systems

Current Issues in Human Factors, 1st Edition

By John Martin, Laurel Allender

Edited by Pamela Savage-Knepshield

CRC Press

504 pages

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This book focuses on contemporary human factors issues within the design of soldier systems and describes how they are currently being investigated and addressed by the U.S. Army to enhance soldier performance and effectiveness. Designing Soldier Systems approaches human factors issues from three main perspectives. In the first section, Chapters 1-5 focus on complexity introduced by technology, its impact on human performance, and how issues are being addressed to reduce cognitive workload. In the second section, Chapters 6-10 concentrate on obstacles imposed by operational and environmental conditions on the battlefield and how they are being mitigated through the use of technology. The third section, Chapters 11-21, is dedicated to system design and evaluation including the tools, techniques and technologies used by researchers who design soldier systems to overcome human physical and cognitive performance limitations as well as the obstacles imposed by environmental and operations conditions that are encountered by soldiers. The book will appeal to an international multidisciplinary audience interested in the design and development of systems for military use, including defense contractors, program management offices, human factors engineers, human system integrators, system engineers, and computer scientists. Relevant programs of study include those in human factors, cognitive science, neuroscience, neuroergonomics, psychology, training and education, and engineering.


’The staff of the Army Research Laboratory, Human Research and Engineering Division have brought together a remarkably comprehensive compendium of their recent human factors and ergonomics research. It covers everything from hearing protection to human-robot interaction and human-system integration. While it focuses on military systems, the research results will be useful to a much broader range of system developers in industry and other government agencies.’ Richard W. Pew, Principal Scientist, Raytheon BBN Technologies, USA ’Designing Soldier Systems highlights the benefits of reverse systems engineering case studies, stressing the need for more up-front human systems integration research and user centered design practices for developmental and fielded military systems. US Army human engineering scientists elucidate trials, tribulations, and lessons for bringing soldier-centric design and operational procedures to successful mission accomplishment in the harsh environments of modern technology-centered battlefields.’ Gerald P. Krueger, PhD, CPE, Colonel, US Army (retired) ’This effort is an extraordinary integration of emerging human design issues combined with a new approach to traditional topics. No human factors practitioner or theorist should miss this book.’ Michael Drillings, PhD

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Part I Understanding Human Performance with Complex Systems: Human performance challenges for the Future Force: lessons from Patriot after the second Gulf War, John K. Hawley and Anna L. Mares; Who needs an operator, when the robot is autonomous? The challenges and advantages of robots as team members, Keryl A. Cosenzo and Michael J. Barnes; Effects of operators’ spatial ability on their performance of target detection and robotics tasks, Jessie Y.C. Chen; Reducing workload: a multisensory approach, Linda R. Elliott and Elizabeth S. Redden; Tactile displays in army operational environments, Timothy L. White, Andrea S. Krausman and Ellen C. Haas. Part II Overcoming Operational and Environmental Conditions: Operations on the move: vehicle movement and soldier performance, Richard A. Tauson; Night vision goggle design: overcoming the obstacle of darkness on the ground, Elizabeth S. Redden and Linda R. Elliott; The effects of encapsulation on dismounted warrior performance, Lamar Garrett, Debbie Patton and Linda Mullins; Soldier auditory situation awareness: the effects of hearing protection, communications headsets, and headgear, James E. Melzer, Angelique A. Scharine and Bruce E. Amrein; Human factors in military learning environments, Valerie J. Berg Rice and Petra E. Alfred. Part III Assessing and Designing Systems: The multi-aspect measurement approach: rationale, technologies, tools, and challenges for systems design, Kelvin S. Oie, Stephen Gordon and Kaleb McDowell; Future Soldier-system design concepts: brain-computer interaction technologies, Brent Lance, Jorge Capo and Kaleb McDowell; Soldier-centred design and evaluation techniques, Pamela A. Savage-Knepshield; Addressing and resolving science and technology capability gaps identified by warfighters in Iraq and Afghanistan, Raymond M. Bateman, Charles L. Hernandez and Frank Morelli; Immersive simulations for dismounted soldier research, Kathy L. Kehring; Tactical ergonomics: applying man

About the Authors/Editor

Pamela Savage-Knepshield is a research psychologist and Chief of the Human Factors Integration Division at the Army Research Laboratory’s (ARL) Human Research and Engineering Directorate (HRED). She earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from Rutgers University and holds one patent assigned to AT&T Corp. In 2008, she received the Department of the Army’s MANPRINT Practitioner of the Year award. In 2010, she returned from serving a tour in Iraq as an Army Materiel Command (AMC) Field Assistance in Science and Technology (FAST) Science Advisor and is a recipient of the Superior Civilian Award and the Global War on Terrorism Civilian Service Medal. She is the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society’s Bulletin Feature Editor and Army Chair of the Department of Defense Human Factors Engineering Technical Advisory Group. John Martin is an operations research analyst working in the area of MANPRINT and human factors engineering. He is currently an AMC FAST Science Advisor at the Joint Readiness Training Center in Grafenwoehr, Germany. He has graduate degrees from Columbia University in Mathematics and Education. He has also done graduate work in Human Factors at Virginia Tech and the University of Michigan and is a member of the Army Acquisition Corps. John Lockett III is Chief of the Integration Methods Branch in ARL HRED. He received a Masters in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech and a B.S. in Engineering Psychology from Tufts University. He has over 25 years research and development experience in human factors and has concentrated on application of workload analysis and human figure modeling technologies to MANPRINT, the US Army's HSI program. Laurel Allender, Ph.D., was appointed as the Director of ARL HRED at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD in January 2011. Dr. Allender began her career in 1984 at the Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences at Fort Bliss, TX where her research led to the development of an automated assessment capability

About the Series

Human Factors in Defence

Human Factors in Defence
Human factors is key to enabling today’s armed forces to implement their vision to ’produce battle-winning people and equipment that are fit for the challenge of today, ready for the tasks of tomorrow and capable of building for the future’ (source: UK MoD). Modern armed forces fulfil a wider variety of roles than ever before. In addition to defending sovereign territory and prosecuting armed conflicts, military personnel are engaged in homeland defence and in undertaking peacekeeping operations and delivering humanitarian aid right across the world. This requires top class personnel, trained to the highest standards in the use of first class equipment. The military has long recognised that good human factors is essential if these aims are to be achieved. The defence sector is far and away the largest employer of human factors personnel across the globe and is the largest funder of basic and applied research. Much of this research is applicable to a wide audience, not just the military; this series aims to give readers access to some of this high quality work. Ashgate’s Human Factors in Defence series comprises of specially commissioned books from internationally recognised experts in the field. They provide in-depth, authoritative accounts of key human factors issues being addressed by the defence industry across the world.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Philosophy & Social Aspects
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Engineering
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety