Accession Number : ADA115703

Title :   An Investigation of the Bomber and Tanker Mating Process in the Single Integrated Operations Plan.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : MacElhaney,William L ; Stanfield,James W

PDF Url : ADA115703

Report Date : Mar 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 151

Abstract : The initial objective of this thesis was to develop a method for assigning tankers to the strategic bomber force in an optimal manner. As the study progressed however, it became clear that obtaining a truly optimal solution using mathematical programming techniques cannot be guaranteed due to the nature and complexity of the problem. As a result, the emphasis of the study was shifted to developing an improved method for solving the problem. Two heuristic methods were investigated. The first method used network theory in an attempt to minimize the costs of assigning tankers to the bombers. The second method was based on the so-called 'greedy' method. This method basically made the assignments in the order of decreasing marginal cost improvements. These two methods were evaluated against each other and the current method by means of several example problems. Both methods yielded better results than the one currently in use, with the network method appearing to be the best.

Descriptors :   *Air Force operations, *Refueling in flight, *Strategic warfare, *Military force levels, *Optimization, *Mathematical analysis, Tanker aircraft, Jet bombers, Mission profiles, Deployment, Trade off analysis, Heuristic methods, Methodology, Theses

Subject Categories : Bombers
      Transport Aircraft
      Numerical Mathematics
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE