On the Optimal Use of Guided Missiles — I

Allocation of Missiles

by Richard Ernest Bellman

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The first of a series of studies concerned with mathematical problems arising in the use of guided missiles. The present study deals with the optimal allocation of missiles against a given target system. It is shown that the computational solution of these problems can be greatly simplified by means of the functional-equation technique of dynamic programming. The method proposed is applicable to a large class of problems involving the allocation of resources, both economic and military.

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