Methodologies for Evaluating the Impact of Time-Variable Nuclear Effects on Small Unit Combat Operations.
Final rept. 15 May 75-14 Feb 76,
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Two methods of assessing the impact of time-variable nuclear effects TNE on small-unit combat operations are examined. TNE is postirradiation performance degradation, short of death, and radiation-caused fatalities that occur a substantial time after irradiation. The first method examined is the modeling of human performance degradation from nuclear radiation, and the resulting impact on combat operations. The principal difficulties with this method stem from the fact that mans performance response to nuclear radiation is unknown. The second method examined is the use of degraded-performance units in troop training exercises, wherein commanders and their personnel can observe the impact of performance degradation on their capabilities. Author