Modelling and Simulation of a River-Crossing Operation via Discrete Event Simulation with Engineering Details

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From a military standpoint, a river is an area that should be avoided in a potential engagement because of lack of cover and the necessity of dividing the unit while crossing. Thus, a key point of a river-crossing operation is speed. Many efforts have been made to enable faster river crossing by improvement of tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP). However, improvements in TTP are evaluated by modelling and simulation much less frequently than are the toe-to-toe engagements between two opposing forces, and to our knowledge, this is the first simulation model of brigade-level river crossing with engineering details. This study presents a simulation model of the river-crossing operation, applies real world parameters, and evaluates which tactics are preferable in a particular operational environments. This analysis has led to new operational methods of river crossing that have been suggested by experienced subject-matter experts. For instance, the current Republic of Korea Army Field Manual dictates to rotate river-crossing rafts in all situations, but our experiment suggests that no rotation is preferable when the width of river is less than 400 m based on the statistical analyses, which includes the regression-based meta-modelling and the ANOVA, of our simulation model that embodies the engineering details of river-crossing equipment.
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DEFENCE SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION DOCUMENTATION CENTRE
Issue Date
2015-03
Language
English
Article Type
Article
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DEFENCE SCIENCE JOURNAL, v.65, no.2, pp.135 - 143

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0011-748X
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http://hdl.handle.net/10203/199630
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IE-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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