A Heuristic for Land-Attack Predesignation
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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Predesignation is the assignment of land attack missiles on surface ships and submarines to target aim points. The assignment process has two stages 1 the allocation of land attack missiles to launch platforms, considering all tasks and platforms simultaneously and 2 given this preliminary allocation, the refined assignment of land attack missiles to tasks aboard an individual platform, separately considering each platform and the associated allocations obtained from 1. This thesis addresses only the first stage, i.e., the automated allocation of land attack missiles to surface ships. Currently, strike planners possess no tools that yield consistent and reproducible assignments. Two previous NPS models address the allocation of tasks to launch platforms. One does not address details such as multiple launch areas or multiple time periods, and the other proposes a model that is too computationally expensive to implement in an operational setting. In this thesis we develop a tool to yield allocations similar to those obtained with the latter model in a much shorter amount of time.
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Surface-Launched Guided Missiles