Combat Modeling

  • Alan Washburn
  • Moshe Kress

Part of the International Series in Operations Research & Management Science book series (ISOR, volume 134)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Alan Washburn, Moshe Kress
    Pages 1-13
  3. Alan Washburn, Moshe Kress
    Pages 15-45
  4. Alan Washburn, Moshe Kress
    Pages 47-64
  5. Alan Washburn, Moshe Kress
    Pages 65-78
  6. Alan Washburn, Moshe Kress
    Pages 79-109
  7. Alan Washburn, Moshe Kress
    Pages 111-132
  8. Alan Washburn, Moshe Kress
    Pages 133-160
  9. Alan Washburn, Moshe Kress
    Pages 161-183
  10. Alan Washburn, Moshe Kress
    Pages 185-210
  11. Alan Washburn, Moshe Kress
    Pages 211-235
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 237-277

About this book


Combat Modeling is a systematic learning resource and reference text for the quantitative analysis of combat. After a brief overview, authors Washburn and Kress present individual chapters on shooting without feedback; shooting with feedback; target defense; attrition models; game theory and wargames; search; unmanned aerial vehicles; and terror and insurgency. Three appendices provide a review of basic probability concepts, probability distributions, and Markov models; an introduction to optimization models; and a discussion of Monte-Carlo simulations. This is a book that can be used as a military manual, reference book, and textbook for military courses on this vital subject.


The authors also provide a link for downloading Microsoft Excel workbooks they’ve developed and that are used throughout the book that include VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) code for certain functions or commands. Drawing on their many years of experience at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, Washburn and Kress have created a reference that will provide the tools and techniques for analysts involved in the underpinnings of combat decisions.



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Authors and affiliations

  • Alan Washburn
    • 1
  • Moshe Kress
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. Operations ResearchNaval Postgraduate SchoolMontereyU.S.A.
  2. 2.Dept. Operations ResearchNaval Postgraduate SchoolMontereyU.S.A.

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