Accession Number : AD0758663

Title :   Application of Differential Games to Problems of Military Conflict: Tactical Allocation Problems - Part II.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Taylor,James G.

Report Date : NOV 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 499

Abstract : The mathematical theory of optimal control/differential games is used to study the structure of optimal allocation policies for some tactical allocation problems with combat described by Lanchester-type equations of warfare. Both deterministic and stochastic attrition processes are considered. For the optimal control of deterministic Lanchester-type attrition processes, a general solution algorithm for the synthesis of the optimal policy is developed. Optimal allocation policies are developed for numerous one-sided optimization problems of tactical interest in order to study the dependence of the structure of these optimal policies on model form. Consideration has been given to singular extremals, multiple extremals (including dispersal surfaces), and state variable inequality constraints. It is shown how to apply the theory of state variable inequality constraints to determine the optimal control of deterministic Lanchester-type processes in order to treat non-negativity restrictions on force levels and thus to study the dependence of optimal policies upon the force levels. (Author Modified Abstract)

Descriptors :   (*GAME THEORY, DYNAMIC PROGRAMMING), (*TACTICAL WARFARE, MATHEMATICAL MODELS), LANCHESTER EQUATIONS, PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS, STOCHASTIC PROCESSES, KILL PROBABILITIES, WAR GAMES, NAVAL OPERATIONS, ATTRITION, TARGET RECOGNITION, NUMERICAL ANALYSIS, OPTIMIZATION

Subject Categories : Operations Research
      Naval Surface Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE