Unmanned Vehicles Systems; Unmanned Vehicle Tactical Memorandum (TM 3-22-5-SW): Report of Findings and Recommendation
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND PUBLIC POLICY
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In response to a request by NWDC, the Naval Postgraduate School agreed to research and revise the current Maritime Tactical Memorandum TACMEMO TM 3- 22-5-SW for unmanned vehicles systems UVS. The CRUDES fleet would immediately benefit by the removal of Captains gigssecond RHIB in favor of a unmanned surface vehicle USV in order to increase warfighting capabilities. An analysis of N86 CRUDES ROCPOEs revealed no impact to primary or secondary warfighting missions by removing the gigsecond RHIB. In todays capabilities-based warfighting, this replacement better supports the global concept of operations. The research was limited to sparsely deployed platforms, developmental project results, and test procedures as delineated in various UV concepts of operations. It was found that the preponderance of UVs remain largely experimental and not integrated into organizational Navy SMDFMD or Marine Corps TOE manpower management documents. The research found that unmanned vehicles are actually part of larger UV systems which require human operators and that simply adding UVs does not result in manpower cost savings. Some advantages of UVs are persistent on station time and removal of the human operator from potentially harmful and fatiguing environments. Research indicates that, though still in their infancy, Navy UVs are being employed by naval personnel but closely supported by contractors while operating on Naval platforms and in Naval units. Additionally, the majority of existing UV tactics and training address ISR and undersea missions with no definitive operational doctrine for unmanned combat vehicles UCV. The report includes an UV acronym list Appendix B extracted from publications Appendix C, a notional launch-and-recovery procedure and a notional estimate of USV manpower requirements and watch organization. Significant consideration must be made in the design and acquisition process as to who will operate these systems.
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