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The characteristics of a system that can reduce fratricide, detectability and probability of being attacked and minimize system damage, soldier injury and cognitive and physical fatigue.

Assessment Components (the information below is from the first reference cited in the document section; it contains detailed listings of issues to rate):

  • Reduce Fratricide:
    • Consider the system’s ability to prevent engagement by allied systems in a fratricidal incident.
    • Assess the system’s ability to support correct identification of U.S. or allied systems, which might otherwise be engaged in a fratricidal incident.
    • Consider the system’s support of crew training and readiness to reduce the probability of a fratricidal event.
    • Assess the system’s weapons design characteristics which reduce the probability of committing fratricide.
  • Reduce Detectability of the Soldier:
    • Consider the system’s physical signature as it affects the system’s detectability by threat forces.
    • Assess the system’s operational characteristics as they affect the system’s detectability by threat forces.
  • Reduce Probability of being Attacked:
    • Assess the system’s ability to avoid appearing as a high value target.
    • Assess the system’s ability to actively prevent or deter attack.
  • Prevent System Damage:
    • Assess the effect of the system’s concept of employment on the system’s survivability.
    • Consider the system’s ability to minimize the risk to supporting personnel if this system is attacked.
  • Minimize Injury:
    • Consider the system’s ability to protect the crew from attacking weapons.
    • Consider the system’s potential sources of injury to the crew, or the supported troops, as they are affected by the fielding of this system
    • Assess the system’s ability to protect the crew from hazards relating to on-board equipment (fuel, munitions, etc.) in the event of an attack.
    • Assess the system’s ability to prevent further injury to the soldier after being attacked.
    • Assess the system’s ability to support treatment and evacuation of injured soldiers.
  • Reduce Physical and Mental Fatigue:
    • Consider the physical constraints and workload placed on the soldier by the system.
    • Consider the cognitive constraints and workload placed on the soldier.
    • Assess the system’s ability to minimize the effect of environmental stressors on the soldier.
    • Assess the system’s ability to minimize the effect of physical and environmental stressors (e.g. noise, vibrations, bouncing and extreme heat or cold) on the soldier.
    • Assess the system’s ability to promote unit/team cohesion.

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