model analysis. This method should lead to better predictions of vehicle performance after underbody explosions.
An innovative new program takes advantage of available smart phone technology to expedite collection of more accurate field data in a consistent manner, resulting in increased data fidelity for analysis. This project is not likely to increase equipment in the field, because it is just a software addition to existing devices. The challenge lies in addressing the issue of data classification.
A new program to develop a metric to predict mild traumatic brain injury resulted in design of a surrogate sensor system that mimics the effect on the human brain of blast and blunt trauma. The program also proposed instrumentation for measuring the severity of the injury received. A sensor was designed and is now being developed. The next step is finding a means to allow the sensor to be more specific to the level of brain trauma. A process to be used in the field for rapid determination of the level of trauma has been proposed as well. This would allow the start of intervention that should reduce the long-term trauma effects. The approach is novel and thorough, and involves extensive collaboration with relevant forums.
Digital radio frequency monitoring is an innovative approach to expand utilization of a promising technology to analyze waveforms other than radar. The work is highly relevant, and the program has good engagement with the tactical community.
The Integrated Network Vulnerability Assessment Discovery Exploitation (INVA/DE) is an excellent tool for detecting the vulnerability of computer network operations. Further collaborations with CISD to pit SLAD’s INVA/DE against CISD’s Interrogator will test the robustness of each program. This impressive program seems very well tied into the intelligence community.
A core competence of SLAD is that of assessing the lethality and vulnerability of various weapon systems proposed for combat vehicles and the vulnerability of different design variants or system alternatives. The lethality and vulnerability analysis for the Ground Combat Vehicle program is an example of the tasks that SLAD routinely and rapidly accomplish for program managers. Its ballistic analysis of a lightweight vehicle-protection system is another excellent example of the strength of SLAD’s core competence that demonstrates the value of SLAD analysis and testing to support Army acquisitions; SLAD involvement should be inserted early into the acquisition process when requirements are first being determined. The active protection systems (APS) program shows that SLAD has contributed to an area of work from which it had been largely excluded by Army program management and organizational assignments. SLAD personnel provided new results on the vulnerability of light-armored vehicles to the residual threat of rocket-propelled grenades, which can have a tremendous impact on future design and fielding of better APS systems.
SLAD is home to several state-of-the-art test and analysis facilities. At the Electromagnetic Vulnerability Assessment Facility (EMVAF) at White Sands, experiments are conducted to characterize the effects of electromagnetic signatures on vehicles and other equipment performance. SLAD has been working in this area for a long time, and the SLAD researchers are recognized as experts in the field by the technical community. This facility supports a large cross-section of collaborators within the federal government. SLAD recently made a good decision to hire a global positioning system (GPS) expert to develop programs to study GPS jamming. The group working at the EMVAF consistently does good work and proactively pursues appropriate partnerships and collaborations.
SLAD still suffers from an aging workforce and faces challenges in building and maintaining a strong, fresh, knowledgeable workforce. It is imperative that SLAD document its tribal knowledge