Optimal stationing of radar pickets and anti-ballistic missile defenders for long range surveillance and tracking (LRS & T) and ballistic missile defense (BMD) operations

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Repass, Lawrence M.
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Brown, Gerald
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2006-09
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Monterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate School
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We describe major enhancements to the missile defense planning aid "JOINT DEFENDER" (JDEF). JDEF is the first system that shows how to evaluate and exploit new and anticipated improvements in interceptors, long-range surveillance and tracking capabilities, networked communications, and the ability of detecting platforms to cue intercepting ones downrange. We want to improve system-wide effectiveness, gauged here by the reduction of expected damage inflicted. We defend an asset list (DAL) of targets, characterized by their locations and values to us. Our defenders include pure "LOOKERs," radars and sensors of enemy missile launches, and "SHOOTERs," platforms with means to both detect and intercept enemy launches. JDEF optimally positions platforms that can be moved, and prescribes what each platform should do. JDEF can estimate the value to either opponent of secrecy, deception, or intelligence. JDEF is the only missile defense planning system using formal optimization. Among many advantages this conveys, JDEF is able to unambiguously quantify the difference among disparate plans. Although the JDEF planner can manually control any detail, the planner is well advised to let optimization suggest where to start.
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Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
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xx, 53 p. : col. ill. ;
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