Accession Number:

AD0274739

Title:

A MODEL FOR THE STUDY OF COMMUNICATIONS DEGRADATION

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MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH LEXINGTON LINCOLN LAB

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Report Date:

1961-10-20

Pagination or Media Count:

1.0

Abstract:

A model is presented whereby the mutual attrition of 2 forces in combat can be studied under interdependent conditions. Interaction of the 2 forces is simulated by a set of equations which make the attrition rate of one a function of the numbers, firepower, and disposition of the other. Moment by moment progress of the battle under a given set of conditions is determined on a digital computer. The model is intended primarily to aid in the evaluation of the relative importance of combat capabilities not all of which can be maximized simultaneously. Construction of the model is in 3 stages. In the basic model the attrition equations are explained and illustrated. Each force is composed of units of 3 types, the numbers and characteristics of which can be specified according to the demands of a particular problem. In the dynamic model provisions are introduced for moving units of either force from position to position to seek out the most advantageous deployment of those units in regard to their differing mobility and combat capabilities in different types of terrain. In the controlled degradation model means are provided for varying systematically the accuracy and completeness of both intelligence and command communications. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE