Operations Analysis & Human Systems

Military Operations, Capability, People

Military Operations Analysis

Our Military Operations Analysis (MOA) team undertakes evidence-based analysis of defence operations and capability using scientific methods such as wargaming, field experimentation, and modelling and simulation.

At its most simple our aim is to enable and promote the use of evidence to support important defence decisions in three broad areas: current and future military capability, military operations and strategic decision-making.

Learn more by reading our case studies.

 

Human Systems

The Defence White Paper recognises the core of NZDF capability will remain its people. Our focus is on those people. Our knowledge of the abilities and limitations of defence personnel helps us to improve their operational efficiency, effectiveness and safety.

We analyse and give advice about technology so that it is designed, developed, focused and used (in some way) to:

  • extend and enhance the capabilities of people
  • sustain people
  • protect and repair

Our Human Systems team is made up of two sections: the Performance and Health section, and the Human Systems Integration section.

Learn more by reading our case studies.

 

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Military Operations Analysis

Our Military Operations Analysis (MOA) team undertakes evidence-based analysis of Defence operations and capability using scientific methods such as wargaming, field experimentation, and modelling and simulation.

At its most simple our aim is to enable and promote the use of evidence to support important defence decisions in three broad areas: current and future military capability, military operations and strategic decision-making.

Learn more by reading our case studies.

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Performance and Health Research

Helping Defence personnel to be prepared for, and resilient to, the demands of military tasks. Our research includes:

  • physical training –addressing the gap between the physical demands of roles and the limitations of an individual
  • extreme environments - from high altitude to extremes of temperature and humidity, noise and vibration
  • injury prevention and rehabilitation
  • recruitment screening and in-service monitoring - to identify people who are at greater risk of injury or under-performance and put in place strategies to reduce or eliminate that risk
  • personal health and wellness
cognitive performance - identifying the cognitive abilities of NZDF personnel to understand the impact of changing tasks and modified environments on these abilities.
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Human Systems Integration

 A systematic and robust process used to design and develop systems that integrate human capabilities and limitations effectively and affordably.

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Human Factors Engineering

Analysing military equipment and systems and provide engineering advice to the NZDF to make sure equipment, systems and working spaces match the requirements of Defence personnel.

Our research includes:

  • recommending the best arrangement of command teams and their working environments
  • human reliability analysis – identifying the underlying causes when human performance is not as good as it should be
anthropometric (human body measurement) data collection - making sure human variables are considered when considering equipment and workspaces.
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Training and Simulation

Helping the NZDF to develop appropriate and affordable training.

Areas of interest include:

  • decision support – future operational concepts and scenarios, cost and effectiveness, and force readiness training
  • people (trainers and trainees) – future training objectives, training methods and measurement methods for training transfer training delivery.