Ship Underwater Threat Response System (SUTRS) a Feasibility Study of Organic Mine Point-Defense
Clark, Devon D.
Walder, Traci D.
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Mine warfare (MIW) has been a significant component of naval warfare since the U.S. Civil War and remains a threat to U.S. strategic efforts to maintain and control maritime lines of communication. This report attempts to answer the question Is a Naval mine point-defense strategy feasible The Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) team applied a Systems Engineering approach to model and improve upon the Navys current Mine Counter Measure (MCM) capabilities by addressing the need for ship self-protection measures (SPM). The team initially identified, then made contact with, various MCM stakeholders within the U.S. Navy. This stakeholder interaction allowed for optimized MCM collaboration regarding current operational requirements and capability gaps. Four primary MCM missions were identified and statistically modeled in order to quantify and categorize critical functional characteristics that dictate success in an MCM mission. These modeled data were analyzed to determine the greatest contributing capability area. The team also compared four basic MCM system configurations in order to determine the most appropriate configuration for each primary mission scenario. This report showcases a systems engineering approach to requirements analysis and performance specifics development, which will scope future MCM SPM developmental efforts.
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