Munitions are generally used to attack various types of targets. However, they can also be targets by themselves when attacked by other munitions (e.g. bullets) or by their warheads (e.g. shell fragments or shaped charge jets).
November 2000, NIMIC held the first part of a Two-Part workshop entitled "Assessing the Risk and the Cost Benefits Associated with the Introduction of Insensitive Munitions". The first part dealt with the risk issues.
The development of Insensitive Munitions (IM) has been progressing for over three decades. Every since the highly publicised US Navy aircraft carrier accidents in the 1960s to 1980s, there has been a growing recognition of the value of IM.