Crossbow Executive Summary
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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Distributing naval combat power into many small ships and unmanned air vehicles that capitalize on emerging technology offers a transformational way to think about naval combat in the littorals in the 2020 timeframe. Project CROSSBOW is an engineered system of systems that proposes to use such distributed forces to provide forward presence, to gain and maintain access, to provide sea control, and to project combat power in the littoral regions of the world. Project CROSSBOW is the result of a yearlong, campus-wide, integrated research systems engineering effort involving 40 student researchers and 15 supervising faculty members. This report Volume 1 summaries the CROSSBOW project. It catalogs the major features of each of the components, and includes by reference a separate volume for each of the major systems ships, aircraft, and logistics. It also presents the results of the mission and campaign analyses that informed the trade offs between these components. It describes certain functions of CROSSBOW in detil through specialized supporting studies. The student work presnted here is technologically feasible, integrated, and imaginative. This student project cannot by itslef provide definitive designs for analyses covering such a broad topic. It does strongly suggest that the underlying concepts have merit and deserve further serious study by the Navy as it transforms itself.
- Attack and Fighter Aircraft
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Target Direction, Range and Position Finding
- Aerial Bombs