Accession Number : ADA266373


Title :   Sortie Optimization and Munitions Planning


Descriptive Note : Technical rept.


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Brown, Gerald G ; Coulter, Dennis M ; Washburn, Alan R


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a266373.pdf


Report Date : 06 May 1993


Pagination or Media Count : 13


Abstract : Since 1965, the United States Air Force has relied on mathematical programming for the planning of conventional air-to-ground munitions. The centerpiece of this planning effort is HEAVY ATTACK, a theater-level model employing large-scale nonlinear programming to load weapons onto aircraft and assign sorties to targets. The single-period objective is to maximize the expected destroyed target value over the forecast weather states by assigning sorties which use the best delivery tactics in each weather state with available aircraft and weapons stocks. Over multiple periods, HEAVY ATTACK accounts for differences between targets in regeneration rate, value, and ease of damage assessment, and accounts for aircraft attrition and remaining weapons stocks, mounting the best sorties possible with the remaining resources. In 1988 approximately $2 billion worth of weapons were purchased with guidance from HEAVY ATTACK; additional expenditures of $5.2 billion are being planned for 1994-99. In 1990-91, media coverage of Desert Storm made the focus of HEAVY ATTACK apparent to millions of viewers


Descriptors :   *MATHEMATICAL PROGRAMMING , *AIR TO SURFACE MISSILES , *SUBMUNITIONS , WEAPONS , AIR FORCE , DELIVERY , AIRCRAFT , WEATHER , MODELS , DAMAGE ASSESSMENT , COMPUTER PROGRAMMING , ATTRITION , ATTACK , RATES , TARGETS , SCALE , PLANNING , RESOURCES , MEDIA , GUIDANCE , VALUE , VIEWERS , NONLINEAR PROGRAMMING , UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY


Subject Categories : Operations Research
      Air- and Space-launched Guided Missiles


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE