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Optimal Resource Allocation and Redistribution Strategy in Military Conflicts with Lanchester Square Law Attrition

Sheeba, PS and Ghose, Debasish (2008) Optimal Resource Allocation and Redistribution Strategy in Military Conflicts with Lanchester Square Law Attrition. In: Naval Research Logistics (NRL), 55 (6). pp. 581-591.

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Abstract

We address the problem of optimal decision-making in conflicts based on Lanchester square law attrition model where a defending force needs to be partitioned optimally, and allocated to two different attacking forces of differing strengths and capabilities. We consider a resource allocation scheme called the Time Zero Allocation with Redistribution (TZAR) strategy, where allocation is followed by redistribution of defending forces, on the occurrence of certain decisive events. Unlike previous work on Lanchester attrition model based tactical decision-making, which propose time sequential tactics through an optimal control approach, the present article focuses on obtaining simpler resource allocation tactics based on a static optimization framework, and demonstrates that the results obtained are similar to those obtained by the more complex dynamic optimal control solution. Complete solution for this strategy is obtained for optimal partitioning of resources of the defending forces.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this aritlce belongs to John Wiley and Sons.
Keywords: Military operations research;Lanchester attrition models;resource allocation.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering (Formerly, Aeronautical Engineering)
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2008 06:14
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:49
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/15725

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