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Author Savitz, Scott, author

Title U.S. Navy employment options for unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) / Scott Savitz [and fourteen others]
Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (xxxv, 119 pages) : color illustrations
Series Research report (Rand Corporation)
Contents Introduction -- The USV Marketplace Is Vigorous but Narrow -- Developing and Evaluating USV Concepts of Employment -- USVs Are Highly Suitable for Diverse Naval Missions -- Capitalizing on the Potential of USVs: Key Enablers -- Program Sponsorship and Acquisition Management Challenges -- Conclusions and Recommendations -- Appendix A: Concepts of Employment for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance -- Appendix B: Concepts of Employment for Antisubmarine Warfare -- Appendix C: Concepts of Employment for Mine Warfare -- Appendix D: Concept of Employment for a USV Training Platform -- Appendix E: Concept of Employment for a USV Test Platform -- Appendix F. Concept of Employment for Armed Escort and to Counter Fast Attack Craft
Summary This report assesses in what ways and to what degree unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) are suitable for supporting U.S. Navy missions and functions. It briefly characterizes the current and emerging USV marketplaces to provide a baseline for near-term capabilities, describes USV concepts of employment to support diverse U.S. Navy missions and functions, and evaluates these concepts of employment to identify specific missions and functions for which they are highly suitable. USVs offer several particular strengths relative to other platforms, including the ability to interact both above and below the waterline, enabling them to serve as critical nodes for cross-domain networks. They also have potentially longer endurance, larger payloads, and higher power outputs than comparably sized unmanned air or undersea vehicles. Additionally, their greater risk tolerance compared with manned systems makes them desirable platforms for overcoming adversaries⁰́₉ anti-access and area-denial measures. These strengths make USVs particularly suitable for missions such as characterizing the physical environment, observation and collection regarding adversaries, mine warfare, military deception/information operations/electronic warfare, defense against small boats, testing and training, search and rescue, and the support of other unmanned vehicles. However, USVs need advanced autonomy and assured communications to complete complex missions, as well as any missions in complex environments. Autonomous seakeeping and maritime traffic avoidance are USV-specific capabilities that likely need to be developed with U.S. Navy involvement. Also, optional manning and payload modularity can enhance the desirability of USV programs
Notes "RAND National Defense Research Institute."
"RR-384-NAVY"--Back cover
"This research was ... conducted within the Acquisition and Technology Policy Center of the RAND National Defense Research Institute"--Preface
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 117-119)
Notes Also available on the internet via WWW in PDF format
Subject United States. Navy.
Remote control -- United States.
Robotics -- Military applications -- United States.
Vehicles, Remotely piloted.
Form Electronic book
Author Blickstein, Irv, 1939- author
Buryk, Peter, author
Button, Robert, author
DeLuca, Paul, author
Dryden, James A., author
Mastbaum, Jason, author
Osburg, Jan, author
Padilla, Philip, author
Potter, Amy, author
Price, Carter C., author
Thrall, Lloyd, author
Woodward, Susan K., author
Yardley, Roland J., author
Yurchak, John M., author
United States. Navy.
Acquisition and Technology Policy Center.
Rand Corporation.
LC no. 2013951904
ISBN 0833081438 (paperback;) (alk. paper)
9780833081438 (paperback;) (alk. paper)
Other Titles United States Navy employment options for unmanned surface vehicles (USVs)