News Notes

(South Carolina Air National Guard Photo/TSgt J. Intriago)

By: Dale Atkinson


An Aircraft Fire Hazards, Protection, and Investigation course is being held from 30 October though 1 November in Woburn, MA. The 3-day course, hosted by BlazeTech Corporation, will cover a wide range of issues associated with fire and explosion hazards on commercial and military aircraft, including fundamental concepts, initiating events and evolution, systems survivability, design issues, protection methods, and forensic implications. Specific topics will include:

  • Flammability of Fuels, Oils, and Hydraulics
  • Fuel Tank Fire and Explosion
  • Engine Fires
  • Post-Crash Fires
  • Li- Battery Fires (in Cabins and Cargo)
  • Flammability of Polymeric Materials
  • Cabin Fires
  • Fires in Cargo and Hidden Areas
  • Smoke and Fumes
  • Electrical Wiring Fires
  • Flammability of Composite Structures
  • External Hazards That Can Impact Aircraft
  • Fire Detection Systems
  • Fire Suppression Systems
  • Aircraft Accident Investigation
  • Summary of Fire/Explosion Pattern Recognition

For more information about the course, contact


On 12–14 June, more than 100 model users, developers, managers, stakeholders, and other aircraft survivability practitioners gathered at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH, for the 2018 Joint Aircraft Survivability Program (JASP) Model Users Meeting (JMUM). This year’s meeting, hosted by JASP and administered by the Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC), marked the 20th year of the gathering, as well as its highest attendance to date.

Originally called “DEAFCRAB” meetings (which reflected the names of the models discussed there—DREAM, ESAMS, ALARM, FASTGEN, COVART, RADGUNS, AJEM, and Brawler), the event was renamed “JMUM” in 2003. The purpose of the JMUM is to bring together community members to share insights and lessons learned and to discuss the latest developments and updates of JASP-sponsored and other models used throughout the aircraft survivability/vulnerability industry.

Technical presentations this year were given by representatives of the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC); National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC); Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI); Air Force Office of Studies, Analyses, and Assessments; Air Force Life Cycle Management Center; AFIT; 704th Test Group; Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, Aircraft Shoot Down Assessment Team; Army Research Laboratory; Institute for Defense Analyses; Booz Allen Hamilton; TETRA; Raytheon; ManTech/SRS; Cummings Aerospace; Lockheed Martin; and the SURVICE Engineering Company.

Topics for the JMUM plenary session included the following:

  • Threat Updates
  • China Integrated Air Defense System
  • Intel/Threat Briefing
  • NGIC Models: Threats to Airborne Systems
  • JMUM Naval Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) Update
  • Aircraft Combat Data Update
  • Brawler Overview – Air Combat Simulation
  • Computation of Vulnerable Area Tool (COVART)/Vulnerability Toolkit (VTK) Overview
  • Enhanced Surface-to-Air Missile Simulation (ESAMS) Overview
  • Leveraging Modeling and Simulation for the Development of Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures
  • Joint Laser Systems Effectiveness (JLaSE) Overview and Joint Technical Coordinating Group for Munitions Effectiveness (JTCG/ME) Joint Munitions Effectiveness Manual (JMEM) Support Events Joint Anti-Air Combat Effectiveness (J-ACE): Joint Anti-Air Model (JAAM) 5.3/5.4 and Endgame Manager (EM) v5.4
  • BlueMax 6 Overview
  • Applications of Second-Order Linear Differential Equations to Model a Hydrodynamic Ram (HRAM) Cavity
  • Flow Properties Through a Ballistically Generated Orifice During an HRAM Event.

In addition, the meeting included 2 days of breakout sessions to provide more focused information and discussions for the Surface-to-Air, Air-to-Air, and Survivability/Lethality Model Groups, respectively. Topics for these sessions are shown in Table 1.

For more information about the 2018 JMUM or to find out about future meetings, contact DSIAC’s Alfred Yee at