Accession Number : ADA115389

Title :   An Overview of Lanchaster-Type Combat Models for Modern Warfare Scenarios,

Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE LAB FOR INFORMATION AND DECISION SYSTEMS

Personal Author(s) : Ekchian,L K

PDF Url : ADA115389

Report Date : Mar 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 44

Abstract : This paper examines the suitability of Lanchaster-type combat models for analysis of modern warfare. Initially a brief synopsis of basic Lanchaster theory is provided, followed by a discussion of the shortcomings of the original Lanchaster models vis-a-vis real-world warfare setting, e.g. assumption of homogeneity of forces, separation distance between opposing forces, disregard of C3 effectiveness, lack of reinforcements. Recent papers propound models that account for some of these shortcomings. In particular this paper examines in detail the optimal target selection problem. It encompasses all the aforementioned issues.

Descriptors :   *Tactical warfare, *Lanchester equations, Combat areas, Mathematical models, Scenarios, Targeting, Combat effectiveness, Dynamics, Optimization

Subject Categories : Numerical Mathematics
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE