Team situation awareness accuracy measurement technique for simulated air combat: Curvilinear relationship between awareness and performance

Heikki Petteri Mansikka, Kai Virtanen, Ville Uggeldahl, Don Harris

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Abstract

A new technique for the assessment of Team Situation Awareness (TSA) accuracy based upon post task Critical Decision Method structured interviews was developed and tested using 39 combat-ready F/A-18 pilots. Pilots undertook a number of simulated air combat scenarios, flying in flights of four aircraft against a formation of enemy aircraft. Results showed a strong curvilinear relationship where high TSA accuracy resulted in higher performance in some areas of air combat, measured with friendly losses and kills. There were diminishing returns in performance as TSA accuracy increased. This may explain why previous studies on air combat have found relatively weak relationships between situation awareness and performance where the relationship has been assumed to be linear.
Original languageEnglish
Article number103473
Number of pages10
JournalApplied Ergonomics
Volume96
Early online date2 Jun 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021

Bibliographical note

This is an open access article under the CC BY license.

Keywords

  • Critical decision method
  • Performance
  • Team situation awareness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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