Assessment of PATRIOT Air Defense System Operator Proficiency

Design Issues

by Bruce R. Orvis, Michael Childress, J Michael Polich

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The PATRIOT (Phased Array Tracking to Intercept of Target) missile system, the most modern and automated of the Army's Air Defense Artillery systems, protects U.S. and NATO assets from the high- to medium-altitude enemy air threat. This Note describes a research design to assess the performance of PATRIOT enlisted operators and to link that performance to the outcomes of simulated air battles. The research will examine the efficiency and effectiveness of the tactical control assistant and the tactical director assistant in (1) protecting valuable assets, engaging enemy aircraft, and assisting in the protection of friendly aircraft as is required for success during air battles; and (2) directing fire units to engage specific aircraft in order to protect assets and destroy enemy aircraft.

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