Air Enrichment Destruction of Documents
ARMY LAND WARFARE LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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Elements of the Department of Defense in the field and at overseas installations require a method for destroying classified material in the event of potential hostile attack. The current method of burning documents requires considerable time and effort, and is without reasonable assurance of maximum destruction. Under the program, tests were conducted using oxygen as a means of air enrichment to enhance the burning of simulated classified materials. Tests, where oxygen was fed into filing cabinets to assist the burning process, indicated the average time required for complete destruction varied between 18 to 35 minutes and depends largely on the weight of the material to be destroyed.
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