Accession Number : ADA315995

Title :   De Physica Belli: An Introduction to Lanchestrial Attrition Mechanics Part One.

Corporate Author : DEFENSE MODELING SIMULATION AND TACTICAL TECHNOLOGY INFORMATION ANALYSIS CENTE R HUNTSVILLE AL

Personal Author(s) : Fowler, Bruce W.

PDF Url : ADA315995

Report Date : 16 NOV 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 574

Abstract : Physics and War are inextricable. While it is often recognized that war is often the generator of progress in physics, the role of physics in war is less often recognized. This work is dedicated to examination of the physics inherent in some of the processes of war. The framework for this examination is the Lanchester model of attrition. Part I of this work is primarily concerned with the basic foundation of this model. This volume, which comprises Part I, presents the mathematical and assumptive basis of homogeneous Lanchester theory, reviews the primary contributors - Lanchester, Chase, Osipov, and Fiske - to the basic theory, and the two basic alternative theories of the same genre. The historical basis for validity of Lanchester theory is reviewed and analyzed. The relationship between Lanchester theory and higher level simulation is introduced along with prefatory expositions of subsequent parts of the work. Part II (to be published) will cover the basic physics inherent in the attrition rate coefficients; Part III will cover heterogeneous Lanchester theory and aggregation; and Part IV will cover special and advanced topics.

Descriptors :   *ATTRITION, *LANCHESTER EQUATIONS, SIMULATION, WARFARE, STOCHASTIC PROCESSES, THEORY, COEFFICIENTS, QUADRATIC EQUATIONS, DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS, TACTICAL ANALYSIS.

Subject Categories : Operations Research
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE