Applied Game Theory to Improve Strategic and Tactical Military Decisions
William P Fox*
Department of Defense Analysis, Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences, Naval Postgraduate School, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Fox WP
Department of Defense Analysis
Graduate School of Operational and
Information Sciences, Naval Postgraduate School, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: January 25, 2016; Accepted date: May 31, 2016; Published date: June 03, 2016
Citation: Fox WP (2016) Applied Game Theory to Improve Strategic and Tactical Military Decisions. J Def Manag 6:147. doi:10.4172/2167-0374.1000147
Copyright: © 2016 Fox WP. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
In 2003, LTC Cantwell proposed a methodology using zero-sum games to improve military decision making in choosing courses of action. He proposed using ordinal values to fill in the zero-sum payoff matrix for the USA and the opponent and then solve the game. We propose a method and illustrate his example after we have replaced the ordinal values with cardinal values using multi-attribute decision making techniques. The result should be more meaningful with more accurate preferences and utilities. We extend the analysis by transforming the game from a zero-sum to a non-zero sum game and examined the solutions. Comparisons are made and discussed.