Risk Analysis for Ammunition Storage in Theatres-of-Operation
ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS
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For many elements of the Army, it is necessary to temporarily store quantities of ammunition and other explosives in order to perform their mission in a combat theatre. It is possible that, for tactical or other reasons, a commander in a combat area may make an on-the-spot decision to deviate from normal DOD safety standards. Although the safety standards provide reduced Quantity-Distances QD for storage in theatres of operations, the added risks to personnel and assets created by such reductions are not specified. This paper details the results of a theoretical study to provide field commanders with the tools to make a more informed decision when weighing safety against operational advantage. Specific guidelines are given that describe in tangible, quantitative terms, the increased risk incurred by specific deviations from the QD values recommended for permanent storage for ammunition.
- Safety Engineering
- Ammunition and Explosives