A Proposed Army Structure for the Assessment of Smoke Effectiveness
HARRY DIAMOND LABS ADELPHI MD
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This report presents the results of an investigation into the Armys testing capability with respect to smoke and electro-optical weapon systems in smoke. The approach advocated for such testing is a comprehensive one in which the operational and developmental aspects of systems are considered, producing an assessment of the systems effectiveness in a battlefield environment. Also advocated in the report is the organization of existing Army resources into a formal test structure, under the joint leadership of the Project Manager for Smoke representing the developmental, or technical, side of effectiveness assessment and the Combined Arms Combat Developments Activity representing the operational, or tactical, side. A brief survey of existing Army test resources is also presented, with some technical discussion on system performance and smoke testing technology and instrumentation. This report was first published in December of 1976 in a preliminary form. Because of the emphasis within the Army to organize its resources, the document was given wide distribution at that time. Many of the reports recommendations and suggested policies have, in effect, been implemented since that period.
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods