Proceedings PaperSupervisory Control Of Multiple Vehicles
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Economically mandated force limitations combined with a steadily shrinking pool of candidates endowed with the requisite skill levels, dictates that modern military systems must multiply the individual soldier's performance. An optimal solution within the realm of current technology can be achieved by recognizing that (1) machines are more effective than humans when the task is routine and specified, and (2) humans process complex data sets and deal with the unpredictable better than machines. These observations lead naturally to a philosophy in which the human's role becomes a higher level function associated with planning, teaching, initiating, monitoring, and intervening when the machine gets into trouble, while the machine performs the codifiable tasks with deliberate efficiency. Martin Marietta is developing the capability for a single operator to simultaneously control multiple remote weapons platforms through the development of a supervisory controls testbed. This effort is described.