Cost-based analysis of unmanned aerial vehicles/unmanned aerial systems in filling the role of logistical support
Denevan, Thomas J.
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This thesis conducts a comparative cost analysis for using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)/unmanned aerial systems (UASs) for logistical resupply purposes as opposed to the traditional logistical resupply resources. First, the thesis examines the types of UAVs in the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) inventory as well as the traditional aircraft currently used for logistical purposes. Then, using a cost-based analysis, the thesis identifies possible logistical uses for selected UAVs based on specific capabilities and scenarios where the use of these systems would be most advantageous compared to traditional logistic resources. As the DOD continues to develop the emerging technologies of UAVs, the findings of this thesis may point to some immediate adaptations in the logistical resupply process that could result in cost savings.
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