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Author Savitz, Scott, author.

Title U.S. Navy employment options for unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) / Scott Savitz, Irv Blickstein, Peter Buryk, Robert W. Button, Paul DeLuca, James Dryden, Jason Mastbaum, Jan Osburg, Philip Padilla, Amy Potter, Carter C. Price, Lloyd Thrall, Susan K. Woodward, Roland J. Yardley, John M. Yurchak.

Publication Info. Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 2013.

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Description 1 online resource (xxxv, 119 pages) : color illustrations
text file PDF
Note "RAND National Defense Research Institute."
"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).
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 adversaries' 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.
Language English.
Local Note JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access
Subject United States. Navy.
United States. Navy.
Remote control -- United States.
Robotics -- Military applications -- United States.
Vehicles, Remotely piloted.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Added Author Blickstein, Irv, 1939- author.
Buryk, Peter, author.
Button, Robert W., 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.
Acquisition and Technology Policy Center.
Rand Corporation, publisher.
United States. Navy.
Added Title United States Navy employment options for unmanned surface vehicles (USVs)
ISBN 9780833084699 (electronic bk.)
0833084690 (electronic bk.)
Report No. RAND/RR-384-NAVY