Discrete combat models: investigating the solutions to discrete forms of Lanchester's combat models
Fox, William P.
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Lanchester’s equations and their solutions, as continuous differential equations, have been studied for years. This article introduces a new approach with the use of the discrete form of Lanchester’s equations, using dynamical systems or difference equations. It begins with Lanchester’s square law and develops a generalized analytical solution for the discrete model that can be built by knowing only the kill rates and the initial force sizes of the combatants. It then forms the condition of parity (a draw) to develop a simple relation nship of these variables to determine who wins the engagement. This article illustrates these models and their solutions using historic combat examples. It also illustrates that current counter-insurgency combat models can be built and solved using various forms of difference equations.
The article of record as published may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.4018/joris.2010101302
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