Automated Threat Assessment is a MEC Trooper ability in XCOM: Enemy Within.

Confers +15 Defense when in Overwatch.

– In-Game Description, XCOM: Enemy Within


  • MECs can't use cover so it's important to boost survivability when building a defensive MEC. This is one of three upgrades available to a MEC Trooper to boost defense, the others being +10 Defense from the MEC suit itself and the -20 Aim penalty from the innate Body Shield of former Heavy Troopers.
  • The benefit from Automated Threat Assessment ends if the MEC Trooper takes the reaction shot. As such, this ability is best used when the MEC is facing several ranged units, as the MEC's Overwatch in most situations will prevent them from moving and force them to either fire at a reduced hit chance, or use other skills.