On the Optimal Use of Guided Missiles — II

Dummy Missiles

by Richard Ernest Bellman

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A continuation of RM-1741, which considered the optimal allocation of missiles against a given target system, assuming that dummy missiles are allowable. The present study deals with the same problem, first under the assumption that dummy missiles are to be used, and second under the assumption that the amount of fissile material available is limited. An attempt is made to present a computational technique that can treat, in a routine fashion, target systems with hundreds of targets, some independent and some in target clusters, under realistic assumptions concerning probabilility of survival of the individual missile and the type of defense employed.

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