The New Nuclear Radiation Casualty Criteria
ARMY NUCLEAR AGENCY FORT BELVOIR VA
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Many years of detailed analysis and experimentation have produced an improved understanding of nuclear weapons technology and phenomena, and of human and animal response to nuclear radiation. The purposes of this Nuclear Note are first, to briefly describe the information and data used to develop new radiation casualty criteria, and second, to show how these criteria can be used by the battlefield commander and staff in planning nuclear strikes to inflict enemy casualties. The radiation criteria discussed in this note apply only to initial radiation doses resulting from a single nuclear detonation they do not apply to doses resulting from exposure to radioactive fallout. Moreover, the criteria do not consider synergistic effects due to the air blast andor thermal energies that accompany initial radiation.
- Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare