Improving the Decision Making Abilities of Small Unit Leaders

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National Academies Press, Aug 6, 2012 - Technology & Engineering - 130 pages
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For the past decade, the U.S. Marine Corps and its sister services have been engaged in what has been termed "hybrid warfare," which ranges from active combat to civilian support. Hybrid warfare typically occurs in environments where all modes of war are employed, such as conventional weapons, irregular tactics, terrorism, disruptive technologies, and criminality to destabilize an existing order.


In August 2010, the National Research Council established the Committee on Improving the Decision Making Abilities of Small Unit Leaders to produce Improving the Decision Making Abilities of Small Unit Leaders. This report examines the operational environment, existing abilities, and gap to include data, technology, skill sets, training, and measures of effectiveness for small unit leaders in conducting enhanced company operations (ECOs) in hybrid engagement, complex environments. Improving the Decision Making Abilities of Small Unit Leaders also determines how to understand the decision making calculus and indicators of adversaries.


Improving the Decision Making Abilities of Small Unit Leaders recommends operational and technical approaches for improving the decision making abilities of small unit leaders, including any acquisition and experimentation efforts that can be undertaken by the Marine Corps and/or by other stakeholders aimed specifically at improving the decision making of small unit leaders. This report recommends ways to ease the burden on small unit leaders and to better prepare the small unit leader for success. Improving the Decision Making Abilities of Small Unit Leaders also indentifies a responsible organization to ensure that training and education programs are properly developed, staffed, operated, evaluated, and expanded.

 

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Contents

Summary
1
The Operational Environment
10
Observations and Findings
29
3 Scientific Basis and Engineering Approaches for Improving Small Unit Decision Making
50
4 Recommendations
82
Appendixes
89
Biographies of Committee Members
91
Summary of Committee Meetings and Site Visits
99
Acronyms and Abbreviations
101
Marine Corps Small Units
104
Interview Protocol
107
Biomarkers
109
Dissenting Opinion
114
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