Analysis of Vessels and Acquisition Methods Utilized to Support Maritime Irregular Warfare
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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As the US military continues to align the appropriate platforms for conducting maritime irregular warfare MIW, US Special Operations Command USSOCOM has leasedchartered civilian ships to provide the appropriate vessels needed to support operations in Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines OEF-P. The framework of this study showcases three specific vessels with their corresponding capabilities on a cost-per-day basis. Our findings and analyses may aid commanders in determining the most appropriate vessel as well as the most costeffective acquisition method to accomplish specific MIW missions in not only OEF-P, but also other MIW environments. Based on the analysis and recommendations presented in this project, decision-makers in this arena will have a mechanism from which to make a more informed decision regarding the acquisition of vessels supporting MIW. Decision-makers will be able to evaluate various potential MIW scenarios, identify specific vessel capabilities in order to meet their operational requirements, and acquire vessels more cost effectively based on total daily-rate costs.
- Military Forces and Organizations