Formalizing the Optimization Problem in Long-Term Capability Planning

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Information & Security: An International Journal, Volume 23, Issue 1, Number 2009, p.99-114 (2009)


capabilities-based planning, defense planning risks, discrete dynamic optimization., force structure, scenario planning


In defining future force capabilities, decision makers need to balance objectives, strategy, force capabilities, and risk within a forecasted force develop­ment environment and resource levels. This is commonly a task in long-term de­fense and force planning. This paper presents a mathematical formalization of the planning problem that involves static and dynamic optimization. Several static and dynamic discrete optimization models illustrate the approach. The concluding sec­tion presents a short deliberation on applicability.