On the treatment of force‐level constraints in time-sequential combat problems
Taylor, James G.
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The treatment of force‐level constraints in time‐sequential combat optimization problems is illustrated by further studying the fire‐programming problem of Isbell and Marlow. By using the theory of state variable inequality constraints from modern optimal control theory, sharper results are obtained on necessary conditions of optimality for an optimal fire‐distribution policy (in several cases justifying conjectures made in previous analysis). This leads to simplification of the determination of the domains of controllability for extremals leading to the various terminal states of combat. (Additionally, some new results for the determination of boundary conditions for the adjoint variables in optimal control problems with state variable inequality constraints have arisen from this work.) Some further extensions of previous analysis of the fire‐programming problem are also given. These clarify some key points in the solution synthesis. Some important military principles for target selection and the valuation of combat resources are deduced from the solution. As a result of this work, more general time‐sequential combat optimization problems can be handled, and a more systematic solution procedure is developed.
The article of record as published may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/nav.3800220402
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