Review of Department of Defense Test Protocols for Combat Helmets (2014)
This report considers the technical issues relating to test protocols for military combat helmets. At the request of Congress, this report evaluates the adequacy of the Advanced Combat Helmet test protocol for both first article testing and lot acceptance testing, including its use of the metrics of probability of no penetration and the upper tolerance limit (used to evaluate backface deformation). The report evaluates appropriate use of statistical techniques in gathering data; adequacy of current helmet testing procedures; procedures for the conduct of additional analysis of penetration and backface deformation data; and scope of characterization testing relative to the benefit of the information obtained.
Committee on Force Multiplying Technologies for Logistics Support to Military Operations