Accession Number:

ADA513753

Title:

On Assigning Long-Endurance Unmanned Aircraft Systems to Theater Combatant Commands

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept. 1 Oct 2008-31 May 2009

Corporate Author:

MILITARY ACADEMY WEST POINT NY OPERATIONS RESEARCH CENTER

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2010-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

30.0

Abstract:

We describe, formulate, and propose a heuristic algorithm for Strategic Commands problem of assigning long-endurance unmanned aircraft systems to theater combatant commands COCOMs. We identify the problems important characteristics, which include the relative priorities of the different COCOMs, the relative priorities of the different requirements in each COCOM, the different amounts of aircraft time required to work on the different requirements, and the probabilistic results of pursuing a given task. We formulate the problem as a binary nonlinear program NLP with a polynomial objective function and linear constraints. We identify the data required to define an instance of the problem. We discuss different approaches to finding solutions to the NLP and recommend a greedy heuristic algorithm, which is given in detail.

Subject Categories:

  • Pilotless Aircraft
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE