Using an integrated methods approach to analyse the emergent properties of military command and control

Guy H. Walker, Neville A. Stanton, Rebecca Stewart, Daniel Jenkins, Linda Wells, Paul Salmon, Chris Baber

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    This paper applies the event analysis for systemic teamwork (EAST) method to an example of military command and control. EAST offers a way to describe system level emergent properties that arise from the complex interactions of system components (human and technical). These are described using an integrated methods approach and modelled using Task, Social and Propositional networks. The current article is divided into three parts: a brief description of the military command and control context, a brief description of the EAST method, and a more in depth presentation of the analysis outcomes. The emergent properties of the military scenario relate to the degree of system reconfigurability, systems level situational awareness and the role of mediating technology. The findings are compared with similar analyses undertaken in civilian domains, in which the latest developments in command and control, under the aegis of Network Enabled Capability (NEC), are already in place. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)636-647
    Number of pages12
    JournalApplied Ergonomics
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2009

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