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An empirical method for dynamic camouflage assessment
Author(s): John G. Blitch
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Paper Abstract

As camouflage systems become increasingly sophisticated in their potential to conceal military personnel and precious cargo, evaluation methods need to evolve as well. This paper presents an overview of one such attempt to explore alternative methods for empirical evaluation of dynamic camouflage systems which aspire to keep pace with a soldier's movement through rapidly changing environments that are typical of urban terrain. Motivating factors are covered first, followed by a description of the Blitz Camouflage Assessment (BCA) process and results from an initial proof of concept experiment conducted in November 2006. The conclusion drawn from these results, related literature and the author's personal experience suggest that operational evaluation of personal camouflage needs to be expanded beyond its foundation in signal detection theory and embrace the challenges posed by high levels of cognitive processing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 May 2011
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8046, Unattended Ground, Sea, and Air Sensor Technologies and Applications XIII, 80460K (23 May 2011);
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John G. Blitch, Colorado State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8046:
Unattended Ground, Sea, and Air Sensor Technologies and Applications XIII
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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