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Bomb damage assessment (BDA), also known as battle damage assessment, is the practice of assessing damage inflicted on a target from a stand-off weapon, most typically a bomb or air launched missile. It is part of the larger discipline of combat assessment. Assessment is performed using many techniques including footage from in-weapon cameras, gun cameras, forces on the ground near the target, satellite imagery and follow-up visits to the target.
Enemy battle damage assessment (BDA) is an intelligence task that many units overlook or under-resource. During the heat of battle, BDA is often an afterthought. I created the system the 1st Cavalry Division used successfully during the Division Warfighter 1997. This system automated the BDA process and could be the basis for the incorporation of an automated BDA capability into the All-Source Analysis System (ASAS).
BATTLE DAMAGE ASSESSMENT REPORT [BDAREP] Use to provide a timely and accurate estimate of damage resulting from the application of military force, either lethal or non-lethal, against a predetermined objective. Reference: FM 9-43-1.