Accession Number : ADA457271


Title :   Effectiveness of Non-Lethal Capabilities in a Maritime Environment


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Sickinger, Lisa R


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a457271.pdf


Report Date : Sep 2006


Pagination or Media Count : 106


Abstract : The attack on the USS Cole within a civilian port, and the increased threat of pirating and terrorism on the high seas, underscore the immediate need for a maritime nonlethal capability. This research uses modeling and simulation to explore the requirements and tactical use of nonlethal capabilities in a maritime force protection mission. Specifically, a multi-agent simulation emulates a tactical-level mission in which a U.S. Navy vessel returning to Naval Station, Norfolk, VA, encounters a variety of maritime surface threats. Data farming is the method used to address the research questions by applying high-performance computing to the simulation model, with the intent of examining a wide range of possibilities and outcomes. The nonlethal capabilities are analyzed in their effectiveness to do the following: (1) determine intent, (2) deter inbound surface vessels, and (3) engage targets identified as hostile through the continuum of force.


Descriptors :   *THREATS , *TARGET DISCRIMINATION , *NAVAL OPERATIONS , *NAVAL VESSELS(COMBATANT) , *TACTICAL WARNING , *NONLETHAL WEAPONS , *MILITARY TACTICS , COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION , COUNTERTERRORISM , DETERRENCE , MEASURES OF EFFECTIVENESS , PORTS(FACILITIES) , SMALL SHIPS , MISSIONS , TARGET DETECTION , MILITARY CAPABILITIES , SECURITY , THESES


Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Surface Transportation and Equipment
      Naval Surface Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE