Accession Number : AD0737216

Title :   Tactical Flexibility as a Measure of the Cost-Effectiveness of Dual Mode Weapon Systems.

Descriptive Note : Research paper,

Corporate Author : INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ARLINGTON VA SYSTEMS EVALUATION DIV

Personal Author(s) : Layno,Salvador B.

Report Date : FEB 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 32

Abstract : In the past, the effectiveness of dual-mode weapon systems, i.e., systems which can attack and defend, was evaluated with the aid of expected frequencies of occurrence of the two modes derived from exogenous studies. Since the use of expected frequencies suffers from a number of shortcomings such as subjectivity, irrelevance and, at times, ambiguity, an alternative methodology for the evaluation of the cost-effectiveness of dual-mode weapon systems is proposed in this paper based on the concept of tactical flexibility. This proposed methodology is then applied to a hypothetical problem of selecting a main battle tank using fictitious exchange ratios and cost data. The results obtained indicate that a conceptually simple but potentially useful tool has been developed. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*WEAPON SYSTEMS, COST EFFECTIVENESS), (*TANKS(COMBAT VEHICLES), WEAPON SYSTEMS), GAME THEORY, TACTICAL WARFARE, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, KILL PROBABILITIES, MATHEMATICAL MODELS

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE