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An Algorithm for the Near Optimization of Tactical Force Ratios in the Defense
COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES GOLDEN
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This theses describes a method which positions tactical units in the defense. The positioning criterion is one which minimizes the force ratios across the battle area. This method maximizes the differential between potential force ratios that could result should units be assigned to oppose each other. A very good, near optimal solution results in as many iterations as units to be assigned. As a result of using this method, the commander and staff could formulate and possibly choose an option which incorporates minimal force ratios. With this option as a standard, the commander and staff can further identify potentially critical flaws in defensive alignments. This thesis contains a simple method which nearly minimizes the tactical ratio of force. This method could be of particular importance at the Division and Corps level. A computer code which is MS-DOS executable is available to assist in calculations and assigning units.
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