A Nonlinear Programming Model for Optimized Sortie Allocation
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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The United States Air Force uses a nonlinear programming model to assess the utilization of weapons and sorties needed to achieve a maximum value of destroyed targets in a multi-period, Theater-Level conflict. The current model is modified by constraining the consumption of weapons. Alternate objective functions are introduced. Their meaning and influence on the optimization is compared. An increase in the worth of destroyed targets is gained if the model can more flexibly utilize weapons than is currently the case. The optimization can be further improved if all time periods are considered simultaneously while assigning sorties to targets, rather than the current myopic approach. Keywords Theses Global optimization, Sortie allocation.
- Operations Research
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics