Hours of Boredom – Moments of Terror: Temporal Desynchrony in Military and Security force operations.


Hancock, P.A., & Krueger, G.P. (2010). Hours of boredom – moments of terror: Temporal desynchrony in military and security force operations. Center for Technology and National Security Policy: Defense and Technology Paper.

In this paper the authors examine the boredom/terror nexus and the resultant psychological and behavioral implications for combatant and security personnel performance. The “hurry up and wait” phenomenon in many military operations is aptly called “hours of boredom,” whereas the transition to meet sudden demands when combat breaks out is sometimes deemed to consist of “moments of terror.”

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