Overview of the Air-Ground Actions Two-Sided Engagement (AGATE) Simulation Model

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An overview of AGATE, a simulation model that permits the user to examine alternative weapon systems and battle plans in a combined arms environment. The model is designed to measure the impact of weapon systems characteristics, organizational structure, doctrine and tactics, and terrain and environment on the outcome of battles. The tanks, armored personnel carriers, artillery, air, and counterair systems that make up the attack and defense combined arms teams are brought together with their respective battle plans to permit examination of the contribution of each to the outcome of battles and firefights. Programmed in FORTRAN IV, AGATE was developed as a tool for use by operational planners and military analysts in studying battle outcomes influenced by alternative mixes of weapon systems and plans. It is particularly applicable to the measurement of impact on air during the attacker advance, deployment, and engagement phases of a ground battle.

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