News Notes

By Dale Atkinson


In April, the Aircraft Combat Survivability (ASC) Short Course was held (for the first time) at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) at Wright-Patterson AFB (WPAFB), OH. More than 70 attendees and 16 instructors participated in this year’s event, which was sponsored by the Joint Aircraft Survivability Program Office (JASPO) and supported by the Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC).

The three-day course is based on the book The Fundamentals of Aircraft Combat Survivability Analysis and Design (second edition), written by long-time aircraft survivability instructor Dr. Robert Ball and published by the American Institute of Aerodynamics and Astrodynamics. The course is designed to provide an overview of the aircraft combat survivability discipline for government, military, and industry personnel working in survivability modeling and simulation, ballistic and vulnerability testing, susceptibility and vulnerability reduction, systems engineering, program management, acquisition, etc.

“This was the best ACS short course to date,” said course organizer Professor Chris Adams of the Naval Postgraduate School. “AFIT provided a great location, as it allowed us to bring in several subject-matter experts from WPAFB.”

The keynote lecture for the course was given by COL Sean Larkin, Commander of the National Air and Space Intelligence Center. Other course topics included:

  • One-on-One Engagement, Mission, and Campaign Analyses
  • Survivability Enhancements
  • Integrated Survivability Assessment
  • Combat Data
  • Air Force Research Laboratory Laser Survivability
  • Aircraft Survivability — Historical Perspective
  • Joint Combat Assessment Team/Aviation Shoot Down Assessment Team
  • Current Threats Intel Brief, Surface-to-Air Fire Threats and Analysis
  • Susceptibility and Aircraft Signatures
  • Radar, Electronic Warfare, and Threat Operations
  • Live Fire Test and Evaluation/Joint Live Fire
  • High-Power Radio Frequency/Directed-Energy Weapon Survivability
  • Infrared Signatures and Countermeasures
  • Threat Effects and Damage Processes
  • Vulnerability Reduction Technology
  • Critical Components and Vulnerability Assessment
  • Force Protection and Recoverability
  • Personnel Survivability and Human Systems Integration
  • Large Transport Specific Aspects of Survivability, C17 Operations
  • Helicopter-Specific Aspects of Survivability
  • Fighter Operations and Survivability
  • Aircraft Survivability Design and OptimizationIn addition, attendees were given tours of the Dynamic Infrared Missile Evaluation (DIME) lab and the test range at Wright-Patterson AFB. For more information about the 2017 ASC Short Course or to inquire about next year’s course (tentatively planned for April 2018), contact Chris Adams at