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UNMANNED TACTICAL AUTONOMOUS CONTROL AND COMMAND (UTACC) COMMAND AND CONTROL (C2) FRAMEWORK

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Authors
Spada, Steven G.
Franco, Michael T.
Subjects
UTACC
command and control
interdependence
interdependence analysis
unmanned aerial systems
unmanned ground systems
Advisors
Boger, Dan C.
Miller, Scot A.
Date of Issue
2018-12
Date
Publisher
Monterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate School
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Abstract
The Marine Corps is on the path toward the full-scale adoption of unmanned automated and semi-automated assets. These platforms will affect everyone in the chain of command—from the squad leader on the hilltop, to the platoon commander on patrol, and to the battalion operations officer overseeing all battlefield elements. Since warfare will remain an intrinsically human endeavor, the introduction of machines on the battlefield requires teamwork at all levels to ensure success on the killing fields of the future. The integration of these assets into Marine Corps operations demands robust human-machine teaming (HMT) for the Corps to maintain its competitive advantage. Every operation the Marine Corps has in its repertoire will require varying levels of HMT as more unmanned aerial and ground assets are fielded. While all the Marine Corps’ warfighting functions will be impacted by these assets, the command and control (C2) function demands immediate attention. The authors of this thesis introduce a C2 framework that will help the Marines on the deck and in the operations cell make the right call in the HMT decision-space. The framework is grounded in the precepts of C2, cognitive load theory, and most importantly, interdependence. Additionally, the authors conduct a knowledge-value added (KVA) analysis to showcase the value added by the revolutionary technology in the re-engineering of familiar Marine Corps processes.
Type
Thesis
Description
Student Thesis (NPS NRP Project Related)
Department
Information Sciences (IS), Graduate School of Defense Management (GSDM)
Information Sciences (IS), Graduate School of Defense Management (GSDM)
Other Units
Naval Research Program (NRP)
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NPS Report Number
Sponsors
USMC Warfighting Laboratory
Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL)
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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Citation
Distribution Statement
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
Rights
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.