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The Economics of Naval Ship Automation: An Analysis of Proposed Automation of the DE-1052. Executive Summary
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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The objective of this study is to provide an economic analysis of a proposal to automate the DE-1052 class destroyer escort. Although the study is directed toward a specific proposal from the Purdue Laboratory for Applied Industrial Control, several larger lessons can be drawn from it concerning future naval ship automation. The principal benefit of shipboard automation is the reduction in the manpower necessary for operation and maintenance of the ship. To realize this reduction, R and D expenditures must be made and automation hardware must be acquired, installed, and brought to operational status.
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