Accession Number : AD0725494

Title :   Extension of Max-Min Theory to the Sunk Investment Problem Arising in Strategic Systems Selection Decisions,

Corporate Author : NAVAL ORDNANCE LAB WHITE OAK MD

Personal Author(s) : Shere,Kenneth D. ; Cohen,Edgar A. , Jr

Report Date : 19 MAY 1971

Pagination or Media Count : 63

Abstract : The selection of strategic retaliatory systems is one of the most significant problems facing the United States today. In this report, the authors develop and solve the mathematical model for a general mix of percentage vulnerable and numerically vulnerable systems. Percentage vulnerable systems consist of mobile weapons which are difficult to locate but relatively easy to destroy once located; numerically vulnerable systems are comprised of easily located fixed base weapons which are difficult to destroy. The distinguishing feature of this analysis is that it incorporates into the model the value of both the attacker's and the retaliator's existing weapon systems. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*GAME THEORY, MINIMAX TECHNIQUE), (*STRATEGIC WARFARE, DECISION MAKING), (*WEAPON SYSTEMS, VULNERABILITY), MATHEMATICAL MODELS, WAR GAMES, KILL PROBABILITIES, DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS, INEQUALITIES, SET THEORY, CURVE FITTING, OPTIMIZATION

Subject Categories : Operations Research
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE