The Use of Preprocessing Cruise Missile Data for Strategic Planning,
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This paper presents the results of a cruise missile preprocessing study accomplished by the USSTRATCOM Strategic Plans Division at Offutt AFB, NE to evaluate the use of preprocessed cruise missile sorties to accelerate cruise missile planning and explore alternative methods for assigning weapons to targets. Historically, the weapon allocation process provided the cruise missile planners with a group of targets to strike with cruise missiles. Cruise missile planners grouped the targets into weapon loads, selected launch areas, and planned routes from the launch areas to targets using the Automated Routing and Maintenance System ARMS. Preprocessing is the process of performing detailed flight modeling of cruise missile routes from all potential launch points to all targets prior to target assignment in order to select the best subset of the preprocessed routes to maximize total target damage. Individual sortie effectiveness against specific targets was generated using ARMS. An integer programming model was used to generate an optimal assignment of cruise missiles to targets. The assignment problem was solved using SASOR, a commercial off-the-shelf software package. Cruise missile planners accomplished final refinement of the SASOR solution. Preprocessing improved the overall target damage and reduced the time required to plan the cruise missiles.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Computer Programming and Software