Definition/Scope: (FM 3-0) It is an immediate knowledge of the conditions of the operation, constrained geographically and in time. It is also Soldiers knowing what is currently happening around them. Situational awareness occurs in Soldiers' minds. It is not a display or the common operational picture; it is the interpretation of displays or the actual observation of a situation. On receipt of mission, commanders develop their situational awareness. They base it on information and knowledge products, such as the common operational picture and running estimates. (FM 1-02) (Marine Corps) it is the knowledge and understanding of the current situation which promotes timely, relevant, and accurate assessment of friendly, enemy, and other operations within the battlespace in order to facilitate decisionmaking. Ca als be seen as an informational perspective and skill that foster an ability to determine quickly the context and relevance of events that are unfolding.
Use:common operational picture
Used For:battlefield dominant awareness
Broader Terms:Command Post of the Future
Narrower Terms:Battlefield Awareness and Data Dissemination
Related Terms:antifratricide measures