The mission of the Human Factors and Medicine Panel is to provide the science and technology base for optimising health, human protection, well being and performance of the human in operational environments with consideration of affordability. This involves understanding and ensuring the physical, physiological, psychological and cognitive compatibility among military personnel, technological systems, missions, and environments. This is accomplished by exchange of information, collaborative experiments and shared field trials.
Moral decisions are among the most difficult that soldiers will face, and they exist throughout the full-spectrum of military operations. A single bad decision can erode local, national, international and host nation support thereby derailing the strategic mission and putting troops at risk. Evidence exists linking moral decisions, attitudes and behaviors to military mental health and well-being. This is a crucial component of leaders’ responsibility for their soldiers. Recommendations are made including education and training, after action reviews, counseling, reintegration programs that seek to mitigate the threat to the mission and soldier well-being.
Aircrew performance is a critical determinant of mission effectiveness. Modern technology has led to current air operations becoming increasingly challenging, which require aircrew to be physically, medically and psychologically fit. The development of dynamic fifth generation multi-role aircraft employs a single seat cockpit, which increase the pilot’s psycho-physical workload compared with previous generation aircraft. Costs of training Aircrew are rising, making each individual a significant financial investment, which gives an incentive to maintain Aircrew in flying status for longer, and therefore more likely to suffer from age related or natural disease. In this regard, Aerospace Medicine is becoming more personalized flight medicine focusing on the individual’s capabilities and condition, which define the medical care required. In addition, adequate perception and situational awareness are keys to the effectiveness of the human component of airborne military forces in the man/machine interface. In a network enabled air scenario (ISTAR) aircrew have to cope with multiple psycho-physical stresses. In this context, aircrew now include ground-based operators of Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems, and individuals working in cyberspace.
SCIENTIFIC OBJECTIVE(S) AND EXPECTED ACHIEVEMENTS
The objective of this Course is to provide state of the art knowledge and practices, share national practices and evaluate new and emerging technologies on the subject of Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance in its broadest context to NATO Flight Surgeons, by a group of expert lecturers from NATO nations. The course will cover the current and future challenges in Aerospace Medicine at home (selection, training, retention, career fields, aging) and in deployed area (exposure, threat, non-linear warfare) in more demanding and hostile missions, with exponentially growing technology, in a more volatile world.