Accession Number : AD0769684

Title :   The Force-Oriented Defense: An expected-Value Approach.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Holdsworth,David Richard

Report Date : SEP 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 137

Abstract : As a first step in the testing of the feasiblity of the Force-Oriented Defense as a viable tactic for countering the large force imbalance in Western Europe, a small-unit, base-case scenario is quantitatively examined through the medium of a manual war game. A Monte Carlo type manual game was developed and used to refine model logic for a subsequent investigation with an expected-value manual game. This work generates the basis for a possible high resolution simulation of the Force-Oriented Defense. To satisfy secondary objectives of the study, fractional kills were tabulated to determine first approximations of armor/antiarmor force exchange ratios and weapon system fractional loss rates. The specific scenario involved a reinforced mechanized infantry platoon ambushing the first echelon units of a tank-reinforced motorized rifle battalion. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*Western Europe, Military tactics), (*NATO, Defense systems), Military strategy, Antitank weapons, Tanks(Combat vehicles), Kill probabilities, War games, Game theory, Theses

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE