• Assembling a “Physiological Readiness Check List” for use in training and operational testing and refining development of nonintrusive physiological status monitors;
• Expanding research in the social processes of small units; and,
• Expanding research in individual differences, especially as applied to physical readiness screens used in recruitment and military training.
Recommendation 6: The Army should evaluate Soldier performance for the future mission effectiveness of the TSU in the near term by leveraging existing research and development and by considering all DOTMLPF domains.
Mid to far term actions toward maintaining decisive levels of Soldier performance in TSUs include:
• Provide near-real time physiological readiness state reporting from Soldier and TSU to the command chain using physiological state monitors
• Leverage personality inventories, such as the Tailored Adaptive Personality Assessment System, to determine the cognitive, non-cognitive, and physical performance attributes that predict TSU performance.
• Conduct analyses to predict probable increased TSU measures of performance and measures of effectiveness levels attainable if two-year and five-year technology goals are met and anticipated improvements are implemented.
• Explore the potential to discern the state of the social network, morale, and other performance-relevant attributes from the communications among the TSU members without invading individual privacy and without individual identifications.
Recommendation 7: To maintain the currency of representative measures for the primary dimensions of Soldier and TSU mission performance, the Army, including its doctrine and training, research and development, acquisition and testing elements, should undertake a recurring program (at least biannual) to reevaluate Soldier performance considering the analytical foundation for the functional design of the TSU, including numbers of Soldiers, grades and specialties, career experience, organization, and external support requirements.
Focusing on TSU Training
Focused training is essential to improving the performance of Soldiers and TSUs to levels that can assure overmatch. Not only will Soldiers and TSUs be expected to do more, but an increased emphasis on exploiting human-dimension knowledge demands innovative approaches. With the TSU as the centerpiece of future Army operations, small-unit leader training will be more important than ever.