Standardizing methods for weapons accuracy and effectiveness evaluation
Levine, Nicholas D.
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The Joint Technical Coordinating Group for Munitions Effectiveness desires a standardized toolbox and methodologies for evaluating weapons accuracy. Using statistical distributions, a method is presented for both unguided and Global Positioning System-guided munitions. The statistics used to describe a sample of weapons firings will not only describe the weapons’ accuracy, but will also be utilized by the Joint Weaponeering System to calculate the weapons’ effectiveness against specified targets. Since the precision of the inputs and statistics used to describe the accuracy of the weapons is sensitive, it is imperative that the inputs are accurately modeled as they can lead to drastically different effectiveness results. Analysts must also carefully consider the assumptions used in the application of specific statistical distributions. The toolbox and methods presented here illustrate the differences among techniques and the pros and cons of each.
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