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The Uses, Value and Limitation of Game Theoretic Methods in Defense Analysis



The central contribution of game theory to defense analysis has been a language for the understanding of how to formulate and study strategic or cross-purposes optimization in situations involving two or more actors. It is suggested here in this discussion that two fundamentally different classes of application of game theory to problems in defense have emerged. The first is the application of two-person zero sum game theory to military, primarily tactical situations which for the purposes at hand can be reasonably well modeled in this manner. The second is the application of two or more person nonconstant sum game theory to strategic problems involving threat analysis, crises control and the interface between international diplomatic relations and war.

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  • Martin Shubik, 1985. "The Uses, Value and Limitation of Game Theoretic Methods in Defense Analysis," Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers 766, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University.
  • Handle: RePEc:cwl:cwldpp:766

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