FAST-VAL : Relationships Among Casualties, Suppression, and the Performance of Company-Size Units.

by S. G. Spring, S. H. Miller

Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback78 pages $25.00 $20.00 20% Web Discount

Describes the secondary effects, as input to FAST-VAL simulations, of casualties, equipment losses, and fire exchange on the performance of individual combat troops. These effects--including diversion of survivors, suppression, and loss of leadership and cohesion--are calculated in terms of break and stall levels, company effectiveness, weapon-crew effectiveness, suppression of fire, movement rate, suppression of mobility, and hand-to-hand combat performance. In a FAST-VAL simulation, the percentage of surviving effective riflemen is computed as a function of the preplanned rate of fire, reserve-commitment policy, cumulative casualties, and suppression. An attacking company breaks when it has sustained 30 percent casualties; a defending company, 50 percent. The artillery, mortar, and machine-gun rates of fire are computed separately. An attacking company's forward movement ceases at 23 percent casualties; an attacking armored unit stalls with 70 percent vehicle losses. Discussion includes detailed computations for deriving the percentage of riflemen still effective. 78 pp. Ref.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation Research memorandum series. The Research Memorandum was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 1973 that represented working papers meant to report current results of RAND research to appropriate audiences.

Our mission to help improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis is enabled through our core values of quality and objectivity and our unwavering commitment to the highest level of integrity and ethical behavior. To help ensure our research and analysis are rigorous, objective, and nonpartisan, we subject our research publications to a robust and exacting quality-assurance process; avoid both the appearance and reality of financial and other conflicts of interest through staff training, project screening, and a policy of mandatory disclosure; and pursue transparency in our research engagements through our commitment to the open publication of our research findings and recommendations, disclosure of the source of funding of published research, and policies to ensure intellectual independence. For more information, visit www.rand.org/about/principles.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.