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Accession Number ADA583790
Title Systems Engineering Analysis of Unmanned Maritime Systems for U.S. Coast Guard Missions.
Publication Date Jun 2013
Media Count 101p
Personal Author J. B. Zorn
Abstract The U.S. Coast Guard is uniquely suited to utilize multi-mission unmanned maritime systems (UMS) to maintain its leading role in maritime safety, security and stewardship. Current UMS technological capabilities coupled with USCG mission needs motivate an analysis of proposed USCG UMS through a systems engineering methodology. This work begins by decomposing the capability needs for USCG UMS by developing a series of concepts of operations (CONOPS) in a solution neutral context. Following capabilities analysis, multi-mission commonalities help derive three USCG UMS alternatives: (1) Cutter-Based Tactical UUV, (2) Shore-Based Harbor/Coastal UUV/USV, and (3) Operational Offshore USV. These alternatives and their respective system architectures provide a design concept for near- to mid-term (5-10 year) acquisition. Finally, feasibility analysis reviews key system enablers (such as technology, capability, policy, and supportability and manpower) for the alternatives to justify a realistic integration timeline. Recommendations for technology investments, enhanced UMS partnerships, USCG unmanned system policies and organizational knowledge are provided to reduce delays and to accelerate delivery of needed capabilities to the field. This study lays the foundation for future strategic planning of USCG UMS (i.e., a USCG UMS Roadmap) while providing additional motivation for USCG unmanned systems in general.
Keywords Coast guard
Conops(Concepts of operations)
Strategic analysis
Systems engineering
Ums(Unmanned maritime systems)
Umv(Unmanned maritime vehicles)
Underwater vehicles
Uscg(United states coast guard)

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 70B - Management Practice
74 - Military Sciences
62 - Computers, Control & Information Theory
85G - Marine & Waterway Transportation
Corporate Author Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA.
Document Type Thesis
Title Note Master's thesis.
NTIS Issue Number 1402
Contract Number N/A

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