Accession Number : ADA479783


Title :   Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Mission Packages: Determining the Best Mix


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Abbott, Benjamin P


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a479783.pdf


Report Date : Mar 2008


Pagination or Media Count : 135


Abstract : The threat of a large fleet engagement in the open ocean is currently over-shadowed by the asymmetric challenges presented by state and non-state actors using the littorals for illicit purposes. Unlike traditional multimission combatants, the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is a focused mission platform significantly less capable of handling simultaneous missions, whether they are planned or not. However, when deploying LCS as a squadron, a Combatant Commander may select to equip multiple LCS platforms with a mix of focused mission packages to ensure operational success across the broad range of challenges associated with littoral warfare. Through the use of simulation, design of experiments, and data analysis, this thesis simulated 41,195 littoral operations to determine how many LCSs should constitute an employed squadron, what the composition of a squadron should be, and how sensors and weapon systems can contribute to the effectiveness of an employed squadron. The results indicate that a squadron size of 6-10 LCSs would produce the best results, and that a compositional rule of thumb of 5 LCSs for the primary threat and 2 LCSs for the secondary threat should apply to each warfare area. The number of casualties suffered in each warfare area reinforces the danger associated with littoral combat and serves as a reminder that close engagement, while necessary, carries a cost.


Descriptors :   *SCENARIOS , *NAVAL MINE WARFARE , *ANTISUBMARINE WARFARE , *COMBAT SIMULATION , *NAVAL VESSELS(COMBATANT) , *LITTORAL WARFARE , DETECTORS , KILL PROBABILITIES , THREATS , ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE , SQUADRONS , ASYMMETRIC WARFARE , MEASURES OF EFFECTIVENESS , ANTISHIP WARFARE , SUBMARINES , CHARTS , THESES , WEAPON SYSTEMS , MINE COUNTERMEASURES , GRAPHS


Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Naval Surface Warfare
      Undersea and Antisubmarine Warfare
      Underwater Ordnance


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE