ADF requirements

A photograph of soldiers on patrol

The ADF's Human Performance requirements are based on a comprehensive framework consisting of four interconnected research streams:  body, mind, tools and group.

Within these streams, the ADF seeks to focus research efforts on delivering outcomes that have application at specific stages of the operational lifecycle of Defence personnel:

  • Prepare
  • Perform
  • Recover

HPRnet is focussed on research questions related to the Prepare and Perform elements of the operational lifecycle.

Research Questions

Cognitive Preparation (CP)

CP1 - How can the ADF select and prepare individuals to make effective decisions in challenging operational conditions?
CP2 - How can the ADF select and prepare adaptive and resilient individuals to perform effectively in challenging operational conditions?
CP3 - How can the ADF prepare teams to operate effectively in challenging operational conditions?

Cognitive Augmentation (CA)

CA1 - How can the ADF exploit emerging information systems to reduce cognitive burden and enhance performance in challenging operational conditions?
CA2 - How can the ADF mitigate the performance decrements of personnel on sustained operations?
CA3 - How can the ADF exploit wearable technologies to enhance and track cognitive performance and behaviours?
CA4 - How can the ADF team personnel with autonomous systems to increase combat effectiveness?

Physical Preparation (PP)

PP1 - How can the ADF select and prepare personnel to be physically resilient for roles conducted in challenging operational conditions?
PP2 - How can the ADF exploit emerging methodologies to optimise the physical performance of personnel in challenging operational conditions?
PP3 - How can the ADF optimise nutrition and feeding systems to enhance performance in challenging operational conditions?

Physical Augmentation (PA)

PA1 - How can the ADF develop load-sharing systems to enhance physical performance?
PA2 - How can the ADF continually develop and improve platforms, individual equipment and clothing to allow soldiers to thrive and survive in challenging operational circumstances?
PA3 - How can the ADF exploit wearable systems to enhance and monitor physical performance?
PA4 - How can the ADF exploit emerging food and drug technologies for the enhancement of physical performance and resilience?
PA5 - How can the ADF exploit emerging bio-enhancement technologies for the optimisation of physical performance and resilience?