alexa Abstract | Applied Game Theory to Improve Strategic and Tactical Military Decisions
ISSN: 2167-0374

Journal of Defense Management
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Abstract

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.

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Author(s): William P Fox

Keywords

Two person zero-sum game, Two person non-zero sum game, Game theory , Military decision process, Multi-attribute decision making, Analytical hierarchy process, Bioweapons,Chemical Warfare,Defense

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