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The Impact Analysis of a Mixed Squadron, Containing LCS and Multi-Mission Surface Platforms, on Blue Force Casualties and Mission Effectiveness

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Master's thesis

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In today s world, the United States is the dominant naval power. World powers are trading naval dominance in favor of naval defense, creating fleets of smaller ships to protect their littoral waters. As a result, the United States Navy will be called upon to engage enemy naval forces to ensure access against asymmetrical threats close to enemy coastlines. The Littoral Combat Ship LCS is a networked, focused-mission platform, designed to be swift, agile, stealthy, and capable of defeating asymmetric threats in the littorals. Although the LCS has limited capability to handle simultaneous missions, it will not be alone. The experimental guided missile destroyer DDX represents the U.S. Navy s next-generation. It is a multi-mission, surface combatant tailored for land attack and littoral dominance, with capabilities designed to defeat current and projected threats. Through simulation, data analysis and design of experiment, this analysis simulated 15,420 littoral battles to determine if the addition of a multi-mission platform to an LCS squadron affects overall Blue force casualties and mission effectiveness. The study examined squadron composition, size, and effects of sensors and weapon systems in both a Surface Warfare SUW and Anti-Air Warfare AAW scenario. The data analysis revealed that a squadron composition of 5 to 11 LCSs with 1 to 2 DDGs in a stressing SUW scenario provided the best outcomes, while Destroyers and aircraft had the most impact for AAW missions.

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  • Marine Engineering

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