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dc.contributor.advisorDew, Nicholas
dc.contributor.advisorFast, William
dc.contributor.authorJones, Courtney David
dc.dateMar-14
dc.date.accessioned2014-05-23T15:19:31Z
dc.date.available2014-05-23T15:19:31Z
dc.date.issued2014-03
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/41400
dc.description.abstractIn the past 12 years of sustained conflict, the Department of Defense (DoD) has procured thousands of unmanned systems, from ordnance disposal robots to airborne surveillance platforms to unmanned cargo helicopters. These assets have saved countless lives and have become critical to DoD strategy. The health of the U.S. robotics industry must become a national strategic imperative in order to maintain technology dominance. The cyclical nature of DoD funding inevitably results in industry expansion and consolidation. The unmanned systems industry will be subject to consolidation pressures. Keeping unmanned system cost-per-copy low is critical; thus, economies of scale should be highly valued. However, premature robotics industry consolidation could threaten innovation and competition that will be critical for the U.S. military to maintain its dominance. With impending budget reductions, there will be increasing pressure to narrow down on robotics technologies to achieve efficiencies and reduce costs. However, to maintain the health of the robotics industry, the acquisition strategy must be contingent on the evolution of industry. This thesis examines the defense robotics industry and historical technology S-curves for comparable industries and evaluates unmanned system acquisition strategies.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/annalysisofdefen1094541400
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis 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.en_US
dc.titleAn analysis of the defense acquisition strategy for unmanned systemsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentGraduate School of Business & Public Policy (GSBPP)
dc.subject.authorLearning curveen_US
dc.subject.authorcompetitionen_US
dc.subject.authorunmanneden_US
dc.subject.authorroboticsen_US
dc.subject.authorUASen_US
dc.subject.authoracquisitionen_US
dc.subject.authorconsolidationen_US
dc.subject.authorstrategyen_US
dc.subject.authordominant designen_US
dc.subject.authoraircraften_US
dc.subject.authorgrounden_US
dc.subject.authormaritimeen_US
dc.subject.authorS-curvesen_US
dc.subject.authortechnologyen_US
dc.subject.authorinnovationen_US
dc.description.serviceMajor, United States Marine Corpsen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster Of Science In Managementen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineManagementen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.


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