Capability-Based Models for Force Structure Computation and Evaluation


  1. Wesolkowski, S.
  2. Eisler, C.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
A major financial expense for any military is the acquisition, operation, and maintenance of assets (e.g., vehicles, ships and aircraft), as well as training systems for those assets (e.g., combination of vehicles, vehicle simulators and other training systems). Even slight improvements in force structure efficiency can save governments large amounts of money or, using the same budget, can buy more capable or greater quantities of equipment. The uncertainty, multi-objectivity, and temporal dependence of military missions increase the complexity of military force structure problems. This complexity, coupled with high equipment costs, has driven the development (and application) of capability-based models using a spectrum of methods – from force structure computation to force structure evaluation. Models are capability-based, in that capabilities provided by assets are matched to capabilities required by scenarios (representing a variety of military missions) to be carried out by those assets (e.g., cargo and passenger capacities for airlift; anti-submarine warfare, anti-air warfare or surveillance for maritime fleets). In this paper, the merits of various models on the simulationoptimization continuum developed at Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Operational Research and Analysis (DRDC CORA) are discussed, and how those methods can be useful for detailed asset mix evaluations or broad asset mix computations. Furthermore, given the huge computational com
force structure;capability-based;force structure computation;force structure evaluation;optimization;simulation
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2015-N008 — External Literature
Date of publication
01 Jun 2015
Number of Pages
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