Operational planning for theater anti-submarine warfare

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Authors
Kim, Roger G.
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anti-submarine warfare
operational planning
optimization
decision support
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Carlyle, W. Matthew
Date of Issue
2017-03
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Mar-17
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Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School
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Anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operational planning has always been a complicated process, involving the assignment of limited resources across multiple mission areas over an extended period of time. With the emergence of more advanced adversary submarine capabilities, the need to plan for this underwater threat has become even more important. We modify an existing optimization model of the ASW operational planning problem to add the ability to have multiple search platforms of several types, allow more complicated synergistic interactions between them, and then test it inside a realistic scenario to develop a tool to aid ASW planners. The scenario includes three types of ASW platforms: ships, submarines, and aircraft working out of two operating bases in the Western Pacific with six notional but geologically realistic mission areas. An optimal solution assigns combinations of multiple platforms to the mission areas to reach and maintain threshold levels, or the minimum probability of detection required, set by the commander. The model measures time and effort put forth by these platforms to achieve desired levels of achievement measured in terms of a weighted percent clearance.
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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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