The purpose of this undergraduate thesis in the fields of Russian Studies and Mathematics at the College of Wooster is to construct a combat model in order to analyze a mock-combat scenario between Soviet Spetsnaz and Afghan Mujahideen with the addition of United States Special Forces. Following a thorough background exploration of both Soviet and U.S. special operation forces, and subsequently an analysis of Soviet-Afghan relations, a fictional, yet based on an actual account, raid of an Afghan government post sets the stage for the model. After using Lanchester’s Square Law to create both a deterministic and stochastic model of combat, the program constructed provides results for the combat scenario based on the parameters provided for force size, fighting effectiveness, intelligence, and local population.
Mathematics; Russian Studies
Sessa, Zachary M., "The Soviet War in Afghanistan and the Application of U.S. Special Forces: a Combat Analysis" (2014). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 5763.
Numerical Analysis and Computation | Ordinary Differential Equations and Applied Dynamics | Slavic Languages and Societies | Statistical Models
Russian, mathematics, combat analysis, stochastic, deterministic, Afghanistan, Russia, special operations, spetsnaz, Mujahideen, differential equations, modeling
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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