A real-time role-playing exercise as a methodology to support command and control research.
Jiri Trnka, Johan Jenvald
In this paper, methodological issues in research and training of complex
command and control structures in emergency management are addressed. In
particular, a methodological approach combining real-time role-playing
exercise, after action review and observations is presented. An
explorative study — ALFA-05 — utilizing this approach is described. A
brief overview of methodological aspects of preparation and execution is
given. Further, experience gained and methodological lessons learned are
also discussed. Finally, real-time role-playing exercise in combination
with other methods is suggested as a feasible method for researchers and
exercise managers to tackle present and future command and control in
complex settings, where interaction and communication are in focus. In
addition, areas for further development of the real-time role-playing
exercises as a research method are suggested.