Degraded Effectiveness Studies for Major Developmental Systems and High- Density Items
ARMY BALLISTIC RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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The Army Materiel System Analysis Activity was tasked by the Army Nuclear and Chemical Agency to evaluate the survivabilitysustainability of major US Army developmental systems in a NBC environment. Three areas were of interest decontaminability, hardness and compatibility. The Vulnerability Lethality Division of the Ballistic Research Laboratory was asked to evaluate compatibility of fourteen systems with operators in chemical protective clothing. This clothing, referred to as Mission Oriented Protective Posture MOPP may be worn to provide various levels of protection. The most protective, level IV, requires all equipment to be worn and sealed. The physiological abilities of personnel functioning in this equipment are encumbered by the restriction of the MOPP gear. Restriction manifested by a decrease in the accuracy of completing a task or a combination of changes in both rate and accuracy. For the purpose of this study, degradation is defined as the difference between the time to accomplish a task in Battle Dress Uniform and accomplishing the same task in MOPPIV. This task was divided in two parts first, determine 12 hour mission profiles and second, calculate degraded effectiveness.
- Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare