Accession Number : AD1004552

Title :   Designing Adaptable Ships: Modularity and Flexibility in Future Ship Designs

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : RAND Corporation -National Defense Research Institute Santa Monica United States

Personal Author(s) : Schank,John F ; Savitz,Scott ; Munson,Ken ; Perkinson,Brian ; McGee,James ; Sollinger,Jerry M

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Report Date : 01 Jan 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 166

Abstract : In the face of challenges to acquire and support the numbers and types of ships needed to meet national security requirements in an environment of rapid change and shrinking defense budgets, this report explores the U.S. Navys options for extending the service lives of operational ships by adopting the concepts ofmodularity and flexibility in ship design. These concepts can help to mitigate the risks of uncertain future missions and technologies to which ships will need to adapt, as well as potentially reduce modernization costs and/or initial cost. The report examines the concepts of modularity and flexibility, technological trends, the current geopolitical context, and lessons from past incorporation of new missions and technologies into naval ships. It also provides a roadmap for future U.S. Navy modularity and flexibility efforts.

Descriptors :   shipbuilding , naval architecture , Modular construction , life cycle costs , naval planning , lessons learned

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE