From the Director’s Desk

by Dennis Lindell

Welcome to the latest edition of the Aircraft Survivability journal, featuring updates and insights from the aircraft survivability community, including some recent retirements in the community and personnel changes at the Joint Aircraft Survivability Program Office (JASPO), as well as the latest from the Joint Combat Assessment Team (JCAT) on its combat damage assessment training.

In this issue, MTSI’s Bill Bryant continues the development of Aircraft Cyber Combat Survivability methodology with an article on the how to measure and quantify the increasingly present (and critical) effects of cyberattacks on aircraft.  In addition, Saab’s David Luschen and Christer Zätterqvist highlight the requirements, capability, and testing of the company’s Dynamically Variable Magazine (DVM) to provide improved self-protection countermeasure capability for rotorcraft in the low-altitude battlespace.  This effort represents yet another example of how our industry partners are helping to improve aircraft survivability for the U.S. military and our international partners.

Also, Eric Edwards highlights some results of last fall’s online ASJ reader survey.  JASP greatly appreciates everyone’s feedback on the survey and is working to incorporate the lessons learned to improve the journal and keep it aligned with your needs.  In short, the past and future success of the ASJ is an ongoing credit to the entire aircraft survivability community, including ASJ authors, readers, and supporters.

Finally, in a separate article, Eric takes us on an insider’s tour through the Boneyard at Davis-Monthan AFB, where military aircraft go to retire but not always permanently.  The facility’s large inventory continues to represent a valuable resource for the aircraft survivability community and others to improve current and future warfighting capability.

Thank you again for reading, and please continue to provide any feedback and contributions you have.  And stay tuned for future issues, which will include a report on this spring’s JASP Model Users Meeting (JMUM); updates on the CH-53K tail drive and Chinook Block 2 test programs; and discussions of various other technical topics, such as aircraft fire/ullage, shot dependency on composite armor, software development for uncrewed air systems, and more.