Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Military Space News .




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



Scientist Focuses On Soldiers' Operational Behavior

Armand Cardello of the U.S. Army's Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, in Massachusetts, has been appointed a senior research scientist.
by Staff Writers
Natick MA (AFNS) May 07, 2007
When it comes to what troops in the field want to get their missions accomplished, Army behavioral scientist Armand Cardello is an expert. For more than 30 years, he has worked at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center in Massachusetts, focusing on military members - their needs, expectations, likes and dislikes. Now, Cardello has been appointed a senior research scientist.

Cardello said that he is looking forward to the challenges and opportunities of this new position because it will allow him more focused time for his independent research, while enabling him to be a more effective advocate within the NSRDEC and the Army for both his own area of research, sensory and consumer behavior, and for the more general area of human behavior and performance.

"These are extremely important areas of research," he said, "because our soldiers are the consumers of rations, clothing and equipment developed by NSRDEC and the Army. Research into consumer behavior and performance can ensure that we are getting the best and most effective products into the field."

Suppose you have a good product. If the soldier is not willing to use it or doesn't have the ability to use it, then the mission could be compromised, or ultimately, a life endangered, he said.

"Understanding the sensory, cognitive, and situational factors that influence effective utilization of military products and equipment is essential. This is an area that DoD needs to pursue more heavily."

Cardello's research work at the Natick installation for more has focused on two main areas, in which he has made significant scientific breakthroughs. The first area is psychophysics -- the study of the relationships between physical stimuli in the environment and how humans perceive them. For many years, Cardello has worked on establishing new methods for measuring human perceptual responses. Recently he developed conceptually new methods for assessing the magnitude of sensory and emotional experiences such as likes, dislikes, comfort, and satiety (feelings of fullness). Such methods enable better quantification of soldier-consumer responses to rations, new products and equipment.

The second area in which Cardello has worked concerns consumer expectations of product performance and how these expectations influence behavior toward the products. In this area, he has worked to develop models to predict the acceptability of consumer goods based on the user's expectations about them.

"This area is especially important to the military," he said. "There are many negative stereotypes about military rations and other products. Research into how people's beliefs and expectations influence how they actually perceive the world is essential for counteracting negative beliefs and ensuring that beneficial foods and advanced technologies and equipment are utilized effectively to ensure the safety and well being of both our soldiers and the consuming public."

Today, Army senior scientists divide their time between conducting research in their own disciplinary areas and serving the Department of Defense as scientific reviewers, program advisers, and mentors of young scientists and engineers.

Cardello holds a master of science and a doctor of philosophy degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts. He is on the editorial boards of two scientific journals, has been a scientific columnist and book reviewer, and has won numerous military and federal scientific awards.

Email This Article

Related Links
Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center
The latest in Military Technology for the 21st century at SpaceWar.com

New Concept Gets Latest Technologies To Warfighters Quickly
Edwards AFB CA (SPX) May 07, 2007
The F-22 Raptor and Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle had barely finished their maiden flights and begun serving in the war on terrorism when engineers, developers and testers here were already at work to improve on the capabilities of those aircraft.







  • From Illusions To Reality In The Former Soviet Republics
  • NATO Urges Russia Not To Abandon Arms Treaty
  • Japan's Mideast Balancing Act
  • Putin's Inconsistencies

  • What If Iran Acquires Nukes
  • Chinese Nuclear Base Opens To Tourists
  • US And Iran Engage In Comic War
  • Two Koreas To Hold Top-Level Military Talks

  • Raytheon Tallies USD 100 Million In Awards For Patriot Missiles Upgrades
  • US Army Awards Raytheon Major Patriot Engineering Services Contract
  • Lockheed Martin Concludes Phase II Tests Of Guided MLRS Unitary Rocket
  • Raytheon And US Navy Team For Standard Missile Improvements

  • Funding Row Cloud Talks On US Missile Shield Plan
  • A Scheming America Or An Uncooperative Russia
  • Raytheon Wins GEM-T Contract
  • US To Meet With Czech Leaders On ABM As Deal Done With Montenegro

  • Australia Fears Jet Flight Guilt Could Hit Tourism
  • Nondestructive Testing Keeps Bagram Aircraft Flying
  • New FAA Oceanic Air Traffic System Designed By Lockheed Martin Fully Operational
  • NASA Seeks New Research Proposals

  • Air Force Stands Up First Unmanned Aircraft Systems Wing
  • Aurora Wins Navy Contract To Help Counter IEDs
  • L-3 Communications Buys Geneva Aerospace And More
  • Boeing-Insitu ScanEagle UAV Logs 1000 Combat Flight Hours With Australian Army

  • Why US Deaths Are Rising Again In Iraq
  • Rebuilding Iraq Still A Vague Operation
  • US Death Rate Falls In Iraq
  • US Concerned About Iraqi Purge

  • New Concept Gets Latest Technologies To Warfighters Quickly
  • Scientist Focuses On Soldiers' Operational Behavior
  • Ball Aerospace Wins Contract To Support Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Black Day For Future Combat Systems Program As Funding Gutted

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2006 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA PortalReports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additionalcopyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement