Cognitive Readiness An Important Research Focus for National Security

Delores M. Etter, United States Naval Academy

Cognitive readiness is a critical research area for the Department of Defense. Soldiers must not only be ready physically for the myriad of roles that they have in the world today, but they must also be ready cognitively. This cognitive readiness extends from handling stress and sleep deprivation, through training "anytime, anyplace," through additional information provided by augmented reality, and through realtime physical monitoring during operations. This range of cognitive readiness requires a serious investment in research covering a wide range of areas. This paper will present some of the focus of existing research and some of the paths for future research in this area as it applies to national security.

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