A Combat Simulation for Analysis in Force Planning.
Individual study project,
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Forces developed by seminar groups during the AY78 force planning phase were based almost totally on subjective judgment. Because the Army makes extensive use of combat simulations to evaluate dynamic force performance for input to the JSOP and the POM, this project was initiated to analyze the use of a combat simulation model during the USAWC force planning phase. The VGATES II Force Evaluation Model, is recommended as an appropriate tool to allow an objective evaluation of selected force trade-offs. It is a relatively small, fast-running, deterministic model designed to replicate and extend the results of more detailed simulation models and studies. The model uses highly aggregated force inputs and provides as output, the relative FEBA movement as a function of time. Application of the model during the force planning phase should be feasible with about 1 day of instruction on use of the model and no overall increase in the 2-week period devoted to this phase. The model is currently run on the US Army Concepts Analysis Agency computer, but can be converted readily to the USAWC computer. Following conversion, a test evaluation of student and faculty reaction to use of the model for ground force changes can be accomplished during AY79, using 2 or 3 selected seminar groups. Further expansion of the models potential for trade-offs between air and naval GP forces and strategic lift can be implemented based on student study efforts during AY79. Author
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