On the Stringency of Dosage Criteria for Battlefield Nuclear Operations
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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The major emphasis has been placed on dosage criteria for the production of a specified reduction in combat effectiveness, for relevant military tasks, within a given period after exposure. This has taken the form of determining a single dosage to describe the radiobiological effectiveness of a tactical nuclear weapon. The requirement for this dosage is that it produces a severe performance degradation within a short time after exposure and that the effect represents a specific human response -- i.e., permanent combat ineffectiveness. Such factors as transient incapacitation delayed casualties and fatalities less than severe performance degradation and performance degradation resulting from synergistic relationships between weapon effects have not been given serious or adequate attention.
- Nuclear Warfare