Accession Number:

ADA179827

Title:

The Training Implications of Directed Energy Weapons for the U.S. Army: A Preliminary Report

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Sep 1983-Sep 1984

Corporate Author:

LITTON SYSTEMS INC FORT WALTON BEACH FL MELLONICS SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT DIV

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1986-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

109.0

Abstract:

This report addresses the need to fill information gaps in training and doctrine on directed energy. A comprehensive presentation of nonclassified descriptions of directed energy types, employment possibilities, and appropriate countermeasures serves as the major portion of this report. Directed energy proliferation on the battlefield is a critical issue faced by commanders and soldiers alike. The results of a pilot test suggest that relatively simple training that can minimize directed energy weapon effectiveness on individual and crew performance can be developed and presented to soldiers. A closing issue is discussion of directed energy to generate widespread understanding of directed energy effects and capabilities and the need to reconsider the classification level of some information. A large body of directed energy information is currently held as sensitive when in fact it could be made available to concerned field commanders and trainers in general format. Specified classified details could easily remain sensitive while the release of common knowledge would permit trainers to develop comprehensive responses to the directed energy threat. Keywords Biological effects of directed energy Directed energy doctrine Directed energy training Directed energy weapons Field expedient countermeasures Training for Bradly Fighting Vehicle Unit training.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Combat Vehicles
  • Directed Energy Weapons

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE