Accession Number:

ADA315018

Title:

Attrition Modeling in the Presence of Decoys: An Operations-Other-Than-War Motivation.

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.,

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF OPERATIONS RESEARCH

Report Date:

1996-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

26.0

Abstract:

Under various operational conditions, in particular in operations other than war OOTW or peacekeeping, an intervening force, here Blue, must occasionally engage in attrition warfare with an opposing force, here Red, that is intermingled with non-combatants. Desirably, Red armed actives are targeted and not the unarmed non-combatants. This paper describes some simple Lanchesterian attrition models that reflect a certain capacity of Blue to discriminate non-combatants from armed and active Red opponents. An explicit extension of the Manchester square law results Blues abstinence concerning the indiscriminate shooting of civilians mixed with Reds is essentially reflected in a lower Blue rate of fire and less advantageous exchange rate. The model applies to other situations involving decoys, and reflects the value of a discrimination capability.

Subject Categories:

  • Operations Research
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE