Accession Number : AD0710723

Title :   A GAMING ANALYSIS OF COUNTER-INFILTRATION OPERATIONS.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Riddell,John Marion

Report Date : APR 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 81

Abstract : An analysis is made of the allocation problem associated with the conduct of ambush operations to interdict infiltration routes in a guerrilla-counterguerrilla environment. A multi-stage two-person non-zero sum game is used to model that allocation problem. It is shown that Lanchester's equations can be used to develop a criterion function, related to the casualty ratio, which demonstrates the minimax property. The game is then solved to determine the optimal allocations for both the guerrilla and the counter-guerrilla and the value of the game for two different forms of the criterion function. The two results are compared and the usefulness of the casualty ratio as a measure of effectiveness is discussed. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*GUERRILLA WARFARE, GAME THEORY), PENETRATION, DYNAMIC PROGRAMMING, LOGISTICS, LANCHESTER EQUATIONS, OPERATIONS RESEARCH, MINIMAX TECHNIQUE, MILITARY STRATEGY

Subject Categories : Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE