"This paper develops an analytical model that can very simply provide important insights into the consequences (in terms of combat outcomes) generated by different C2 architectures for information processing. A Lanchester-type model of force-on-force combat that reflects C2 architecture at the platform level is developed through detailed analysis of the target-engagement cycle for a single typical firer in modern tank combat. The most significant new aspect of this model is the consideration of so-called parallel acquisition of targets, i.e. new targets can be acquired while a previously acquired target is being engaged. Computational results are given that show that being able to effect parallel acquisition of targets can not only significantly increase a tank force's infliction of casualties on an enemy tank force, but also significantly reduce the number of casualties that are suffered. The model given here is developed by use of Taylor's new methodology for Lanchester attrition-rate coefficients under conditions of stochastic line of sight. This methodology allows one to play significantly more micro-combat detail than has ever been possible in Lanchester-type models. Hence, it has opened up new vistas for the mathematical modeling of force-on-force combat."
Command and Control Research and Technology Symposium: http://www.dodccrp.org/events/2004/CCRTS_San_Diego/CD/track01.htm