Abstract for: System Dynamics Applied to Combat Models (Lanchester Laws)

Different mathematical models explain the main features of combats, among them are models referring to the attrition of the forces involved; numerous battles employing these models have been recreated. As the matter remains active mainly inside a reduced community of operational research defense experts, in this study basic models of Lanchester´s Laws are reviewed, but employing system dynamics concepts and tools, with the objective being to open the subject to a more diversified audience. System dynamics also provide easier ways to account for “soft” variables, normally present in real combat situations. For applying those models a fictitious land combat case between two forces is presented, enriching the basic models with some additions to test commander decisions.