A Hybrid Analytical/Simulation Modeling Approach for Planning and Optimizing Mass Tactical Airborne Operations
MILITARY ACADEMY WEST POINT NY
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A hybrid analyticalsimulation model is developed to represent and solve the problem of mass tactical airborne operations in an efficient manner. The net result of the hybrid model is an application enabling users to properly load aircraft according to the mission and user specifications. The first portion is a mathematical model of the deployment which generates the impact points of each entity under ideal conditions. This analytical model is represented by a transportation network, and then optimized using a weighted transportation algorithm. The results of this solution are used in an integrated simulation model that introduces the inherent variability. The simulation returns to the user the expected, best, and worst arrival times, and the build up of power over time. The net result of the hybrid model is a tool that allows for effective planning given the available information, as well as simulation results that predict the outcome of the plan. This hybrid approach allows a very large problem to be solved efficiently, and provides analysis of probable outcomes for planning.
- Computer Programming and Software
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics