cognitive performance in operational environmentsOptimal cognition during complex and sustained operations is a critical component for success in current and future military operations. "Cognitive Performance, Judgment, and Decision-making" (CPJD) is a newly organized U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command research program focused on sustaining operational effectiveness of Future Force Warriors by developing paradigms through which militarily-relevant, higher-order cognitive performance, judgment, and decision-making can be assessed and sustained in individuals, small teams, and leaders of network-centric fighting units. CPJD evaluates the impact of stressors intrinsic to military operational environments (e.g., sleep deprivation, workload, fatigue, temperature extremes, altitude, environmental/physiological disruption) on military performance, evaluates noninvasive automated methods for monitoring and predicting cognitive performance, and investigates pharmaceutical strategies (e.g., stimulant countermeasures, hypnotics) to mitigate performance decrements. This manuscript describes the CPJD program, discusses the metrics utilized to relate militarily applied research findings to academic research, and discusses how the simulated combat capabilities of a synthetic battle laboratory may facilitate future cognitive performance research.
Russo, Michael (Army Aeromedical Research Lab. Fort Rucker, AL, United States)
McGhee, James (Army Aeromedical Research Lab. Fort Rucker, AL, United States)
Friedler, Edna (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Thomas, Maria (Army Aeromedical Research Lab. Fort Rucker, AL, United States)
August 23, 2013
October 1, 2005
Publication: Strategies to Maintain Combat Readiness during Extended Deployments: A Human Systems Approach