An analysis of the first fifteen years of the Department of Defense framework for Unmanned Ground Systems

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Authors
McMillan, Stuart I.
McPhee, Jason G.
Subjects
Unmanned ground vehicle
unmanned ground systems
acquisition
unexploded orDNAnce
improvised explosive device
defense advanced research projects agency
TUGV
RONS
MDARS
RACS
CRS
talon
packbot
unmanned ground vehicle master plan
joint robotics master plan
research and development
force protection
robotic systems joint project office
Advisors
Dew, Nicholas
Dillard, John T.
Date of Issue
2014-12
Date
Dec-14
Publisher
Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School
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Abstract
The Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) program traces its roots back to Desert Shield and Desert Storm. At that time, warfighters observed the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and recognized the potential for their ground use. Literature supporting this research focuses on UGV history, the Sigmoid Curve, associated push and pull factors, and the Department of Defense (DOD) Acquisition Strategy. DOD UGV master plans, which are used to conduct comparative analyses of programs, changes, and trends from year to year, examine the cost, schedule, and performance of all programs from 1991 to 2004. This research focuses on experienced schedule overruns, slippage, and the examination of characteristics leading to system success. This research also explains the relationship between push and pull factors and further outlines the evolution of UGV program requirements based on global conflicts and various mission types. This research clearly indicates that UGVs are created for force protection more than any other warfighting function.
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Description
MBA Professional Report
Department
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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