Modeling the combat power potential of Marine Corps close air support.
Gillespie, Thomas C.
Kemple, William G.
Hughes, Wayne P.
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This thesis proposes a numerical measure of the combat power potential of U.S. Marine Corps close air support (CAS) aircraft. The combat power potential of a weapon system is defined as the rate at which the system could deliver lethal fire to any point on the battlefield, accounting for particular and relevant battlefield and enemy characteristics. This measure is expressed in units of 'kills per minute,' where each point is hypothesized to have an infinite supply of instantaneously replaced targets. The collection of these values (i.e., kills per minute for each battlefield point) is suitable for display as a 'combat potential surface,' overlaid on a battlefield map. In this thesis, points of higher potential are keyed to brighter colors (e.g., red, yellow, orange). The end result is a battlefield visualization tool to assist commanders and staffs in CAS planning
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