Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Manpower Requirements Analysis
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF OPERATIONS RESEARCH
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The Littoral Combat Ships LCS minimally manned core crew goal is 15 to 50 manpower requirements and the threshold, for both core and mission-package crews, is 75 to 110. This dramatically smaller crew size will require more than current technologies and past lessons learned from reduced manning initiatives. Its feasibility depends upon changes in policy and operations, leveraging of future technologies and increased Workload Transfer from sea to shore along with an increased acceptance of risk. A manpower requirements analysis yielded a large baseline 200 requirement to support a notional LCS configuration. Combining the common systems from the General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin designs with other assumed equipments i.e. the combined diesel and gas turbine CODAG engineering plant produce the notional LCS configuration used as the manpower requirements basis. The baseline requirement was reduced through the compounded effect of manpower savings from Smart Ship and OME and suggested paradigm shifts. A Battle Bill was then created to support the notional LCS during Conditions of Readiness I and III. An efficient force deployment regime was adopted to reduce the overall LCS class manpower requirement. The efficiency gained enables the LCS force to flex and satisfy deployment requirements with 25 to 30 fewer manpower requirements over the one-for-one crewing concept. An annual manpower savings of 80M to 110 M if each requirement costs 60K.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Marine Engineering
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics