Accession Number:

ADA110876

Title:

Optimal Allocation of Tactical Missiles between Valued Targets and Defense Targets

Descriptive Note:

Doctoral thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1981-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

273.0

Abstract:

Various combat duels between an attacker, who owns a stockpile of long range precision-guided missiles, and a defender are addressed. The defender must defend a valued target, or several selected targets called primary targets by a group of defending targets called secondary targets, and are usually understood to be surface-to-air missile batteries. The problem of the attacker is to allocate his missiles between the primary and the secondary targets so as to optimize various measures of effectiveness. The models are divided into two different categories a Models in which the attacker must find optimal sequencing of missiles which are either anti-primary or anti- secondary missiles, b Models in which the attacker must find optimal sequencing of missiles which are either real anti-primary missiles or decoys. Two mechanisms by which decoys may enhance effectiveness, namely, exhaustion and saturation of the defense, are quantitatively explored. Various cases are examined in the thesis, which makes a heavy use of stochastic dynamic programming and sequential games techniques. Some numerical examples are also given.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Surface-Launched Guided Missiles

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE