Aircrew Performance Measurement and Proficiency: A Need for Better Operational Capabilities

  • Mark BunnEmail author
  • Paul Ditch
  • Brent D. Fegley
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1211)


The US Navy seeks to leverage the tools, methods, and principles of data science to achieve a warfighting advantage over the nation’s enemies—an advantage that depends on making better-informed decisions in near real-time environments on topics such as operational flexibility, tactical techniques, and curriculum development. Achieving such a decision capability requires not only the creation of reliable, valid, and unobtrusive measures of warfighter proficiency that can be collected during training and operational events, but a means of enhancing human judgment and understanding with empirical evidence. The current plight of P-8A aircrews in receiving timely post-mission feedback highlights the gap between desire and reality. In this paper, we identify and propose a solution for gaps that have made timely feedback problematic for such aircrews. In so doing, we present a platform-agnostic approach capable of addressing instructional needs as well as challenges in managing “big data” and system integration.


Aircrew Big data Data science Debrief Human factors Performance assessment Proficiency Training 



This research was supported by the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD), Contract Number N68335-19-C-0439. The views of the authors expressed herein do not necessarily represent those of the U.S. Navy or Department of Defense (DoD). Presentation of this material does not constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the DoD. NAWCTSD Public Release 20-ORL009 Distribution Statement A – Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Aviation Systems Engineering Company, Inc. (ASEC)JacksonvilleUSA
  2. 2.Aptima, Inc.OrlandoUSA

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