Congestion problems in field artillery operations
Bross, Paul James
Naval Postgraduate School
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As a result of the 1973 Mideast var, the current emphasis en properly portraying combat interactions and analyzing the appropriate Measures of Effectiveness has become increasingly important, especially in regard to fire support operations. This thesis will examine some of the reasons for the increased emphasis on fire support problems and how this particular battlefield activity is currently modeled by the military analysis community. Following this, a simplified analytical procedure (taken from general gueueing theory) for measuring the amount of randomness actually played by stochastic models, such as DYNTACS and others, will be presented, along with the implications this poses for current military planners and decision makers. In addition to these basic conclusions, a validation procedure for selected distributions of particular interest to fire support modelers is presented, that can be implemented under current operational procedures at no additional cost to the United States government.