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Self-Defense Distributed Engagement Coordinator

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Journal Article - Open Access

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Lincoln Laboratory Lexington United States

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The U.S. Navy maintains the worlds largest, most technologically advanced fleet of ships. Today, 272 naval vesselsranging from huge aircraft carriers, amphibious assault ships, and cruisers, to heavy destroyers and frigates, to agile littoral combat ships, and to submarinesmake up the full complement of deployable ships. The fleets prime mission is to defend U.S. waters, borders, and military operations, but the fleet also supports rescue missions, disaster relief efforts, research operations, and global deterrence of maritime aggression. These ships are high-value assets for example, the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier under construction now for a 2016 launch is projected to cost 13 billion. More than 325,000 well-trained officers, midshipmen, and enlisted sailors staff U.S. Navy ships. These ships, therefore, represent a significant investment of U.S. dollars and technical expertise, and protection of the fleet as it conducts missions vital to national security is a paramount concern for the U.S. Department of the Navy.

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  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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