Accession Number:

ADA238385

Title:

Incorporating Value Systems in Strategic Force Analysis

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1991-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

102.0

Abstract:

Deterring potential Soviet aggression depends on our ability to hold at risk those assets they value most. This research investigates target valuation as an added dimension to force structure analysis. An extensive literature review is followed by the development and demonstration of a methodology defining development and use target values. The literature review covers arms control concepts to give a foundation for an important use of force structure analysis. It also covers measures of effectiveness. The final part of the review is comprised of definitions of perspectives on nuclear war. The methodology defines motivations for force structuring in the form of four wars the deterrent and warfighting wars from both the United States and Soviet perspectives. Once the target bases are established, weights are assigned to each target category and ultimately target values are assigned to each target. To demonstrate the methodology, the Arsenal Exchange Model is used as a tool. The Blue Deterrent and Warfighting Wars are demonstrated using unclassified and notional data to test the effect of target valuation. The analysis of value systems can be helpful to develop understanding among all players in the strategic arena.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Nuclear Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE