Assessing the utility of an event-step ASMD model by analysis of surface combatant shared self-defense
Patrick, Chase D.
Hughes, Wayne P., Jr.
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Anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCMs) are increasing in quantity, capability, and availability throughout the world, posing a significant threat to United States naval forces operating in littoral waters. The improving performance and growing availability of ASCMs makes a persuasive argument for the U.S. Navy to aggressively expand surface combatant defense systems, and perform periodic reviews of existing defensive tactics to ensure effective employment of new combat systems. To guide decision makers in both of these areas, simulation and modeling tools are frequently applied. This thesis assesses an event-step Anti-Ship Missile Defense (ASMD) model through the evaluation of two new hardkill weapon systems, the Evolved Seasparrow Missile (ESSM) and an improved Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM). The performance of both systems will be evaluated within the context of a single-ship and a multi-ship formation responding to ASCM attacks. The goal of this thesis is threefold, namely to assess the effectiveness of additional anti-ship missile defense systems and identify any tactical insights derived from the modeling results of the multi-ship formation. Following these employments of the model, an evaluation is made regarding the use of the ASMD model as a tool for the tactical commander.
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