Global Sensor Management: Enumeration of All Possible Allocations of Military Surveillance Assets

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Title: Global Sensor Management: Enumeration of All Possible Allocations of Military Surveillance Assets
Author: Mears, Curtis Michael
Advisors: Thom J. Hodgson, Committee Chair
Russell E. King, Committee Member
Michael G. Kay, Committee Member
Abstract: The United States has been interested in tracking the activities of its enemies, natural events, and even allies since before the Cold War, to protect its people from threats. To this end, the Department of Defense has tasked the Strategic Command (STRATCOM) with the daunting task of managing a majority of the surveillance assets used in this mission. STRATCOM needs to be sure that the probability of successfully protecting the United States and its allies is held to a high standard. Success depends on assets’ abilities to accomplish each function successfully when an event occurs. These assets can have the ability to perform multiple functions. The question of concern here is how to assign the assets with multiple abilities to optimize the probability of success. This Thesis explains how to calculate the probabilities for a given allocation. Then it explains how a Visual Basic program enumerates each possible allocation, the inputs, options, and outputs of the program. This would allow a decision maker to pick the level of probability desired in each task.
Date: 2009-01-21
Degree: MS
Discipline: Operations Research
URI: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/resolver/1840.16/461


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