THE DEVELOPMENT OF COMBAT RELATED MEASURES FOR SMALL ARMS EVALUATION
ARMY INFANTRY BOARD FORT BENNING GA
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The United States Army Infantry Board is currently conducting a 5- year Infantry Weapons Methodology Study. The aim of the methodology study is to provide test procedures and techniques which will insure the selection of the most effective weapons and equipment for the Infantry soldier. The approach of the methodology study was to cast these procedures in terms of the environment in which the candidate weapons and support equipment will be used. Since a realistic evaluation of weapon performance cannot be undertaken with validity in a sterile laboratory situation, the movement in recent years has been towards tactical or operational testing. This paper relates some of the results thus far achieved and emphasizes in particular a new analytical technique for isolating particularly important variables or measures of effectiveness.