|NATICK, Mass., May 3, 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.