A model for optimizing field artillery fire

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Authors
Marin, John A.
Subjects
artillery
fire support
command and control
optimization
Advisors
Brown, Gerald G.
Date of Issue
1989-03
Date
March 1989
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
Language
en_US
Abstract
A microcomputer-based optimization model for short-term allocation of field artillery fire is developed and evaluated. The Artillery Optimization Model utilizes a mixed integer linear program that takes available targets, weights the targets by performing Target Value Analysis, and assigns firing units specific amounts and types of ammunition to fire at designated targets. In determining the optimal near-term allocation of artillery resources the model considers the target's intrinsic value, current ammunition levels, future ammunition re-supply, capabilities and limitations of the firing units, the ability of the artillery to mass fires, and the commander's criteria for target distribution. The model has been evaluated via direct competition with three experienced artillery officers using the Janus(T) high-resolution combat simulation. The results of the evaluation have shown that the Artillery Optimization Model produces a greater destruction, per projectile, than any of the artillery officers. If the results of the evaluation are projected over the course of a battle, the combat power of the field artillery would be substantially increased using the Artillery Optimization Model.
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Operations Research
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Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
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Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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