In combat, the consequences of degraded performance can be even greater than those in the civil arena. While operating in a hostile environment, military operators must maintain vigilant and exercise good judgment, which we know, is hardly possible when fatigued.
Sleep deprivation results in decreased vigilance, mood changes, and riskier decisions making. The bottom line is that military operators (such as fighter pilots, helicopter pilots, loadmasters, and sensor operators) need sleep to perform at anything near their optimal level.
NLR has the required capabilities and operational experience to support Air Forces in improving the management and mitigation of fatigue-related risks in their military operations. The exceptional operational task of the Air Forces requires a tailored fatigue management program.