Accession Number:

ADA171698

Title:

Can 'High Tech' Subordinate Numerical Superiority?

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Oct 1984-Sep 1985

Corporate Author:

SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MEDICINE BROOKS AFB TX

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1986-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

11.0

Abstract:

The Soviet Union presents a military force with significant numerical superiority relative to United States military forces. This report concludes that technical superiority can subordinate numerical superiority under particular conditions, in the context of Lanchester models. For battle at a coherent front the technical advantage of the high tech force may have to be much greater than the numerical advantage possessed by the opponent. At equal fighting strength a high tech force could be more expensive than a low tech force unless greater production efficiency can be achieved. Lastly, the high tech option may be weak against a primitive force using guerrilla tactics. The propositions elaborated in this report are tentative and must be developed by more detailed historical and operations analysis.

Subject Categories:

  • Operations Research
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE