Two Effects of Firepower: Attrition and Suppression
Hughes, Wayne P. Jr.
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A new basis for the quantitative study of ground combat is introduced that argues the inadequacy of attrition models and the need to incorporate the effects of suppression of the enemy with firepower. A quantitative approach to suppression of enemy fire is offered. Then an analysis shows that the effect of own fire in suppressing enemy fire will, in suitable, frequent circumstances, reverse the conclusions derived from the Lanchester square law, so that the squared term determining the victor is unit firepower instead of the numbers of units engaged.
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