Business case analysis of cargo Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) capability in support of forward deployed logistics in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
Peterson, Troy M.
Staley, Jason R.
Franck, Raymond E.
Nussbaum, Daniel A.
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Based on our analysis K-MAX is an attractive alternative to current methods of resupply. These findings led to our conclusion that the K-MAX is a program worthy of DoD investment and becoming a program of record. The concept for the utilization of unmanned aircraft system (UAS) capability in support of logistics in operation enduring freedom (OEF) is in response to a United States Marine Corps urgent needs requirement. This capability significantly decreases the ground convoy requirement. In addition, the introduction of UAS would reduce American forces' exposure to exterior enemy threats while conducting resupply missions. The Cargo UAS (CUAS) program is a Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIRSYSCOM) initiative. The Marines' main interest in the program is the ability to have a system that can operate autonomously beyond line of sight with GPS en route waypoint navigation and be controlled remotely at designated cargo delivery locations. The purpose of this study is to estimate potential cost savings in the form of resource human life valuations. This study conducts a business case analysis (BCA) comparing the estimated costs of the UAS program to the current methods for providing logistical support through traditional ground convoys, fixed and rotary wing assets.
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