Analytic Methods for Tactical Air Warfare. Air Campaign and High-Energy Laser Propagation Analyses
Final rept. Jul 2003-Sep 2004
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The report describes analytical tasks performed for OSDPAE TACAIR during the period from June 2003 through September 2004. The report describes a probabilistic model of campaigns for air superiority between two opponents, an analysis of force concentration in deterministic Lanchester campaigns, and an analysis of high-energy laser propagation. The campaign model is built on research conducted in previous tasks. The primary scenario has relatively few, technically superior defenders being attacked by numerous, technically inferior attackers. The model includes options for both attacker and defender force packages. The ability of the defender to identify and select high value attack formations is a selectable model option. In the model , the attacker optimizes its order-of-battle based on the expected values of targets destroyed and defenders killed. In addition to the model discussions, the report contains a mathematical derivation of force concentration benefits in deterministic Lanchester campaigns. Finally, the report describes a mathematical analysis of high-energy laser propagation for a 1.312 micron wavelength iodine laser, including diffraction, jitter, scattering, turbulence, and thermal blooming. The laser analysis is embodied in a spreadsheet model.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Directed Energy Weapons