Design considerations for Lanchester-type models of warfare (LATMW).
Taylor, James G.
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This thesis discusses design considerations for Lanchester-Type Models of Warfare (LATMW) . It establishes a framework for setting minimum design standards for such combat models. We formalize these considerations in a Minimum Evaluation Framework (MEF) for combat models. The state-of-the-art for models is briefly reviewed and major pitfalls in modelling combat are sketched. We show how to avoid such shortcomings by following our MEF specifications. Modern combined arms forces are abstracted as coherent systems of complementary and supplementary components. We derive a method to refine Lanchester Attrition-Rate Coefficients (LARC) as system capability measures by additionally considering reliability and availability weightings. Examples are given to demonstrate the implementation of these refined LARC quantifications in LATMW.
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