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Title: Life-Cycle Cost Analysis for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Deployed Aboard Coast Guard Cutters
Authors: Theodore J. Erdman
Christopher Mitchum
Keywords: Unmanned Aircraft Systems
National Security Cutter
Offshore Patrol Cutter
Life-Cycle Cost
Swarm Technology
Issue Date: 9-Dec-2013
Publisher: Acquisition Research Program
Citation: Published--Unlimited Distribution
Series/Report no.: Cost Benefit Analysis
Abstract: As the Coast Guard endeavors to close the operational gaps created by the postponements in the National Security Cutter (NSC) delivery schedule, it is important to assess the cost implications of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUASs) on the NSC with reasonable accuracy. The purpose of this research was to conduct a life-cycle cost (LCC) analysis of sUAS deployment on the Coast Guard's National Security Cutters and Offshore Patrol Cutters to assist the program management team. Our research provides the program management team with an LCC analysis tool that incorporates the most current and accurate data available. We also provided research on current and emerging technologies in the sUAS field that could benefit the Coast Guard (e.g., swarm technology). Further, as the Coast Guard sUAS acquisition program requirements potentially change, our LCC analysis tool provides the program team with a custom tailored instrument that they can update themselves and use in providing accurate forecasting of LCC and program decision-making.
Description: Cost Estimating / Graduate Student Research
Appears in Collections:NPS Graduate Student Theses & Reports

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