U.S. Navy Employment Options for Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs)
RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA
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The purpose of our research was to ascertain to what extent and in what ways USVs are likely to be suitable for contributing to the fulfillment of U.S. Navy missions and supporting functions. This is a qualitative study that aims to link U.S. Navy needs and considerations with the capabilities that USVs can provide. In delineating the scope of this report, it is important to emphasize that it is not intended to be an update to or replacement for The Navy Unmanned Surface Vehicle Master Plan 2007 or the USV portions of The Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap FY2011 2036 2011. In fact, one of our key recommendations is that a new USV master plan, roadmap, or both be pursued. Rather, this report is intended to provide insights to those seeking to understand how USVs can be employed in U.S. Navy operations, to lay a foundation for future roadmaps or master plans, and to offer a starting point for stakeholder community discussion of how best to proceed with USV development.
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