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Test Bed Considerations for the Evaluation of EMP Protection Measures for Defense Electronics Installations.

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Final rept. 1 May 80-31 May 81,

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This report presents the results of a study whose purpose was threefold, as follows 1 To ascertain whether the Defense Nuclear Agency DNA needs a test bed facility to evaluate EMP protective measures, 2 To identify the functions which it would be desirable and feasible for such a facility to perform, and 3 To determine the kind of facility which would best accommodate such functions. This study also addressed the concept of, and the need for, a programmatic approach to identifying and resolving those technical issues and voids which currently inhibit the formulation of well-defined EMP hardening principles and practices. Program results and conclusions were derived from information and data obtained from a literature review, several visits to cognizant agencies, and an EMP Workshop. Many technological voids were identified which will require some form of test bed capability for their resolution. These voids are considered symptomatic of several larger issues related to EMP hardening technology. For this reason, it is recommended that an EMP Technology Program be established by DNA to provide a more coordinated and structured approach to the resolution of deficiencies in current EMP hardening principles and practices. A test bed facility might well be a part of such a program, but it is premature to decide on its form until a plan is formulated for addressing the major issues. Author

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  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment
  • Electromagnetic Pulses

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