The influence of distance and direction on ground combat strength.
Costello, Robert P.
Hughes, Wayne P., Jr.
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This thesis describes the development from theorization to mathematical formulation of a ground combat model which includes the effects of range and orientation of fire and a valuation of mobility. The formulae of the model are then evaluated and expanded through the use of example calculations, which proceed from the most basic case to ever more complex situations. The result is a two-dimensional mapping of combat power in the front of a line of troops. The model and procedures allow a commander to evaluate tactical options when approaching an enemy, options which include different speeds, different directions and different troop placement. The model provides the foundation for two-sided measurement of the fire effects of attrition and suppression of enemy movement and return fire.
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