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Bento Box—Modular/Recoverable Stratospheric Balloon Capabilities to Support Distributed Maritime Operations

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Authors
Lan, Wenschel D.
Savattone, James A.
Phelps, Ronald L.
Subjects
Artificial Intelligence
Autonomy
Great Power Competition
ISR
Communications
Human-Machine Teaming
Manned-Unmanned Teaming
Peer Adversary
Advisors
Date of Issue
2022
Date
2022
Publisher
Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School
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Abstract
Chief of Naval Operations, ADM Gilday, and Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen Berger, directed modernization efforts across the Naval Services. The concept of Naval Operational Architecture (NOA) enables the development of additional beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) targeting and fires delivered from widely distributed points within and outside a near-peer's weapons engagement zones (WEZ). Research into proliferated low-earth orbiting communications satellites (pLEO) reveal an intersection with the Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) priority and the Navy and Marine components leveraging efforts such as Task Force Overmatch (DEVSECOPS). There is an immediate need to develop requirements and analyze alternate architectures for delivering BLOS precision fires in future contested environments in the context of Great Power Competition. Faculty experience with space mission architecture design will be leveraged to advise students in achieving the following objectives: 1) Research and develop operational, functional objective and threshold requirements for a proliferated LEO systems within the JADC2 framework to enable BLOS precision fires. 2) Analyze alternative architectures for the requirements which enable BLOS precision fires in a contested environment. A phased approach will be used to meet the research objectives. First, a capabilities or system requirements-like document will be generated to include validation criteria and in-phase lessons learned. Second, standard aerospace modeling/simulation techniques will be used to define the mission and architecture requirements and analyze the alternatives for architectures enabling BLOS precision fires through a contested environment to include in-phase lessons learned. Third, individual student thesis research will occur to completion/graduation of the students and any final closing actions through the remainder of the project period.
Type
Poster
Description
NPS NRP Project Poster
Department
Space Systems Academic Group (SSAG)
Organization
Naval Research Program (NRP)
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NPS Report Number
Sponsors
Naval Special Warfare Command (NAVSPECWARCOM)
N9 - Warfare Systems
Funder
This research is supported by funding from the Naval Postgraduate School, Naval Research Program (PE 0605853N/2098). https://nps.edu/nrp
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO)
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Approved for public release. Distribution is unlimited. 
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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