Minister for Defence, Christopher Pyne has welcomed a new research development between DST and Rheinmetall Defence Australia to assist Army commanders in future operational environments.
The Australian Army has identified a need to develop a cognitive edge over adversaries to maintain a competitive advantage. As part of Army’s current modernisation efforts, it is seeking to enhance current training and education methods using new and innovative technologies.
In particular there is a focus on enhancing individual decision making by teaching officers ‘how’ to think, not ‘what’ to think using digitised training systems. DST has partnered with Rheinmetall to develop a computer-based program called Bright Fox (BFOX) that attempts to analyse how individual commanders solve tactical problems.
Minister Pyne said, the BrightFox technology analyses how individual commanders solve tactical problems on the battlefield.
"Enhanced decision-making will give the Australian Army a tactical advantage on the battlefield," he added.
Using advanced qualitative data analytic methods, BrightFox automatically generates a time-series trace (or cognitive profile) of an individual’s thinking to allow a detailed and objective assessment of how they generated a tactical solution. BrightFox is a software program developed by DST and Rheinmetall to support research into tactical decision making by combat team commanders.
"Collaboration in new and innovative research and development between Defence and industry, such as Rheinmetall, is essential for building and maintaining Defence capability. It also helps to build a vibrant and responsive Australian defence industry that can deliver on the Australian Defence Force’s unique capability requirements," said Minister Pyne.
The BrightFox technology is being developed as part of Army’s current modernising efforts.