Vulnerability Science: A Response to a Criticism of the Ballistic Research Laboratory's Vulnerability Modeling Strategy
Final technical rept. Apr 1989-Apr 1990,
ARMY BALLISTIC RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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There is a certain kind of technical work performed by several DoD laboratories and Activities as well as by aerospace firms and consultants. The work is traditionally called vulnerability analysis, about 150 of the workers toil in the VulnerabilityLethality Division VLD of the Ballistic Research Laboratory BRL. This paper will try to illuminate issues about what these people are doing and should be doing, especially with respect to ground vehicles. The arguments will have an important bearing on the question of what we should be trying to accomplish when we develop computer simulations in support of our vulnerabilitylethality VL mission. A recent statement of BRLs VL mission is as follows Provide Objective, Quantitative Vulnerability and Lethality, Assessment Data for Decision and Operational Analysis, and Means to Reduce Vulnerability and Enhance the Lethality of BLUE systems. This mission statement is probably not very different from those of other DoD elements with VL responsibilities. Note that of the two parts of the mission statement one is essentially scientific Objective, Quantitative ... data while the other is essentially practical Reduce ... and Enhance.
- Computer Programming and Software
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods