Combined Army Operations at Brigade Level, Realistically Achieved through Simulation I (COBRAS I): report on development and lessons learned
Christopher R. Graves, U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences. Armored Forces Research Unit
U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, 1997 - Computers - 149 pages
"This report presents the development of the U.S. Army's Force XXI Training Program's Combined Arms Operations at the Brigade Level, Realistically Achieved Through Simulation I (COBRAS I) training program for the brigade staff. The COBRAS I program provides structured, simulation-based training on basic staff skills for conventionally-equipped forces and consists of two types of exercises: a Brigade Staff Exercise for the brigade commander and his staff, and smaller Brigade Staff Vignettes for segments of the staff The report highlights the program's background and design efforts (e.g., task identification, scenario design), the construction of the training support package (TSP) materials, and the resulting exercises and TSPs; formative evaluation methods and results are included throughout this discussion. The report concludes with a discussion of lessons learned regarding future program development and an introduction to the COBRAS I follow-on effort (COBRAS II) that will enhance the capability of the program to satisfy the U.S. Army's training needs."--DTIC.
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ADCOORD battalion BBS training brigade commander Brigade Staff Exercise brigade's COBRAS Coordinator COBRAS project COBRAS staff COBRAS team combat conduct cues DATK DDMP decisions described in Section discussion EXCON roleplayers execution Exercise Director exercise management facilitate feedback Figure fire support focused Force XXI formative evaluation functions guidance Identify indicated initial instructions interactor guides ISPs job aids mission analysis ModSAF objective tasks operations OPFOR Controller overview performance personnel phase pilot test planning and preparation primary training audience rehearsal role Roleplayer Guide roleplayers and interactors rules of engagement SIMNET specific staff members staff processes structured simulation-based training structured training subordinate unit tactical materials tactical realism task organization timeline TRADOC training audience members training objectives training program Training Support Package trial implementation TSP components TSP materials U.S. Army Wargaming workarounds workstation