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Evolutionary Computation

Summer 2002, Vol. 10, No. 2, Pages 129-149
(doi: 10.1162/106365602320169820)
© 2002 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
A Methodology for Missile Countermeasures Optimization under Uncertainty
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The missile countermeasures optimization problem is a complex strategy optimization problem that combines aircraft maneuvers with additional countermeasures in an attempt to survive attack from a single surface-launched, anti-aircraft missile. Classic solutions require the evading aircraft to execute specific sequences of maneuvers at precise distances from the pursuing missile and do not effectively account for uncertainty about the type and/or current state of the missile. This paper defines a new methodology for solving the missile countermeasures optimization problem under conditions of uncertainty. The resulting genetic programming system evolves programs that combine maneuvers with such countermeasures as chaff, flares, and jamming to optimize aircraft survivability. This methodology may be generalized to solve strategy optimization problems for intelligent, autonomous agents operating under conditions of uncertainty.