Systems Engineering of Unmanned DoD Systems: Following the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System/Defense Acquisition System Process to Develop an Unmanned Ground Vehicle System
Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States
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The objective of this capstone project was to build a simulated system using the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development SystemDefense Acquisition System JCIDSDAS process to gain insight into JCIDSDAS as it relates to unmanned robotics systems. JCIDS and DAS are the Department of Defenses procedures and guidelines for acquiring military programs. Using JCIDSDAS and system engineering SE methodology, the team developed a radiological clearance system RCS and an unmanned ground vehicle UGV using LEGO MINSTORMS. The UGV was named the Threat Exposure and Clearing Hardware Manipulated Autonomously or Networked TECHMAN. The team researched UGVs, software platforms and the JCIDS DAS regulations to tailor an SE approach in designing and building the TECHMAN robot, starting with the mission needs and requirements followed by system architecture development. The team tested and evaluated two TECHMAN systems. One system was teleoperated and the other was autonomous. The team compared the test results and other system attributes of the two platforms. The knowledge gained from the project results was used to provide insight into the JCIDSDAS process with regard to procurement of robotics systems.