Accession Number : AD0261621

Title :   THE APPLICATION OF ANALOG COMPUTERS TO AIR BATTLE PROBLEMS

Corporate Author : TECHNICAL OPERATIONS INC WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : SESSLER,JOHN C.

Report Date : JUL 1961

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : INVESTIGATION OF THE UTILITY OF ANALOG MODELS HAS LED TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN EXPLORATORY MODEL -- A SIMPLIFIED, APPROXIMATE SIMULATION OF A TWO-SIDED GLOBAL WAR. The total forces on a side are contracted to one location, with all capabilities on that base. Damage can be distributed in any proportion between the offensive and defensive capabilities, and the various interactions between the forces are approximated by analytic functions. Offensive weapons are restricted to one type for each side. Defensive weapons are represented by a factor reducing the attacking forces on penetration and depenetration by a fractional multiple of their numbers. Test runs indicate the general validity of the model; however, to be useful it must include more detail and will require much more equipment. Specifically, the time delay approximations used were a compromise between the accuracy desired and the means available. The continuation of this work will be directed toward an analog-type model of unrestricted size and toward a smaller quickresponse capability. It is felt that if these programs run in parallel, developments on one will aid the other. If an excessive amount of equipment is required to mechanize the unlimited model, then a digital computer may be used to perform the calculations. (Author)

Descriptors :   *ANALOG COMPUTERS, GAME THEORY, SILVER, TEST EQUIPMENT, WARFARE, WIRE

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE