Cost-based analysis of unmanned aerial vehicles/unmanned aerial systems in filling the role of logistical support

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Authors
Denevan, Thomas J.
Subjects
Cost-benefit
Cost-based
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Unmanned Aerial Systems
UAV
UAS
Logistics
Support
Advisors
Tick, Simona
Brinkley, Douglas
Date of Issue
2014-12
Date
Dec-14
Publisher
Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School
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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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Graduate School of Business & Public Policy (GSBPP)
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This 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.
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