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ANALYSIS OF A MULTI-LAYER SYSTEM OF SYSTEMS TO COUNTER UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS

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Authors
Seow, Aaron Chengyi
Subjects
system of systems
SoS
counter-unmanned aerial systems
CUAS
unmanned aerial systems
UAS
modeling and simulation
model-based systems engineering
ExtendSim
qualitative cost analysis
Advisors
Van Bossuyt, Douglas L.
Hale, Britta
Date of Issue
2023-09
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Monterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate School
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The technological capabilities of counter-unmanned aerial systems (CUAS) in addressing the diverse threats posed by unmanned aerial systems (UAS) have grown exponentially in recent years. There is a need to capitalize on CUAS technologies by developing a system-of-systems (SoS) CUAS approach. In this research, the literature review explores (1) current UAS technologies and employment; and (2) CUAS capabilities and analysis of its effectiveness. With this information, an assumed notional operational context is tested against a model-based systems engineering (MBSE) tool (ExtendSim) to assess the effectiveness of several notional SoS CUAS configurations. A method is developed to analyze the different factors for SoS CUAS mission success and their influence, which is used in a trade-off analysis. From each SoS CUAS simulation conducted within the MBSE tool, insights are drawn to further iterate and improve the SoS CUAS configuration to optimize the parameters based on a qualitative analysis of the SoS CUAS cost. The result of this research is a refined model and method that can be used in the future to represent real operational contexts for further analysis. This research indicates promising potential to integrate various disparate CUAS platforms into one SoS CUAS to address the complex threat that UAS poses.
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Systems Engineering (SE)
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