• Element 1. Fundamental understanding of mechanisms of deformation and failure due to ballistic and blast threats.
  • Element 2. Advanced computational and experimental methods.
  • Element 3. Development of new materials and material systems.
  • Element 4. Organizational approach.

The chapters that follow develop the rationale and conclusions that underpin the detailed recommendations in Chapter 6 and identify actions that are needed to address the four elements of the initiative. The committee is unanimous in its support of these recommendations.

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