Force Balance Allocation Model
SYSTEM PLANNING CORP ARLINGTON VA
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This report describes an automated strategic force allocation model developed by the System Planning Corporation SPC. The model was prepared to provide quick-to-use tools for evaluation and analysis. BASIC-coded programs, implemented on a TEKTRONIX 4051 computer and an IBM Personal Computer, calculated damage caused to targets aggregated into hardness classes by an arsenal of weapons. The arsenal is allocated against target classes sequentially i.e., in the order in which the classes appear in the database class grouping into objectives enables second weapon allocation to some classes to precede first weapon assignment to others. The classes are characterized by number of targets within the class, target radius, and vulnerability index VNTK. The classes are further characterized by time priority and type of damage expectancy sought. The arsenal consists of various systems specified by their number, explosive yield, probable error CEP accuracy, arrival probability, and type missile or bomber. Because of memory constraints, the allocator was designed to accommodate up to 20 weapon systems and 80 target classes within an objective. Auxiliary, peripheral storage on a disk or tape file is used to store the entire target database organized into objectives. Typically, the model runs in minutes although the preparation time for arsenal files and target database is user dependent.
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