Accession Number : ADA115561

Title :   An Investigation into the Value of the Multiple Force Employment Variation Flexibility Option.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,


Personal Author(s) : O'Keefe,Shawn David

PDF Url : ADA115561

Report Date : Dec 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 112

Abstract : The change in the destruction capability of a bomber force resulting from the incorporation of the Multiple Force Employment Variation (MFEV) was estimated under a variety of conditions. The study varied the distribution of target values, the bomber's base escape survival probability, the number of preplanned options, and targeting philosophy. The resulting value of targets destroyed under the MFEV were compared with the value of targets destroyed under a single-plan system, under identical conditions. The value of the MFEV was also compared with the value of a system with full retargeting capability. Full retargeting capability is defined as the ability to attack the j targets of highest value when exactly j aircraft survive an enemy surprise attack. Aircraft survival probability, target value distribution and targeting philosophy were all found to have a major effect on the estimated value of the MFEV. (Targeting philosphy, in this paper, refers to the requirement that all aircraft be assigned against distinct targets). The number of plans above two was not found to be a strong determinant of MFEV value. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Strategic bombing, *Bomber aircraft, *Strategic warfare, *Targeting, Deterrence, Command and control systems, Weapon system effectiveness, Airborne, Estimates, Enemy, Attack, Air defense, Flight simulation, Comparison, Military force levels, Deployment, Computerized simulation, Redundancy, Survival(General), Two dimensional, Three dimensional, Theses

Subject Categories : Bombers
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE