TAGS-V

A Tactical Air-Ground Warfare Model

by Donald E. Emerson

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A description of a highly aggregated ground-air conflict model, distinguished by ease of input and high computational speed, with instructions for operating the model, sample input formats, a listing of the program nomenclature, and an annotated program listing. TAGS-V input parameters fall into three categories: (1) force size and effectiveness factors; (2) aircraft allocation by mission, and (3) a set of historically based empirical factors that characterize casualties and movement of ground warfare, any of which can be changed as a function of the value of any other during the course of the conflict. A special feature is that any parameter can be specified as having an uncertain value; if this is done, a series of trial combat simulations are computed using sample values from specified probability distributions for each uncertain factor. The results include a statistical summary of the joint effect of the several uncertain factors. Overall performance is measured in terms of the movement of the forward edge of the battle area and ground and air losses.

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