Cognitive factors have major impact on friendly fire incidents

According to Jan Maarten Schraagen, it is estimated that 15-25% of all casualties in the Iraq and Afghanistan operations may be attributed to friendly fire. In a short piece on the Ashgate Human Factors author hub, he explains that the consequences of friendly fire incidents may range from decline in morale to decline in political support for the mission. Usually, technology is put forward as the panacea to solve this problem. However, technological solutions have their limitations.  More…

Jan Maarten Shraagen is currently working on a project funded by the European Defence Agency on Cognitive Factors in Friendly Fire Incidents, and is the co-editor of the Ashgate book Naturalistic Decision Making and Macrocognition. He is senior research psychologist at TNO Defence, Security and Safety, Business Unit Human Factors in The Netherlands, and part-time Professor in Applied Cognitive Psychology at the University of Twente.

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