The effects of the joint multi-mission electro-optical system on littoral maritime Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance operations
Schulz, Brian L. P.
Brown, Bronchae M.
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The United States Department of Defense finds itself in a period of reduced resources and growing requirements. In the field of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR), there have been calls for both manpower and system cuts, while collection requirements continue to increase. One proposed method for maximizing ISR collection efforts is the development of multi-mission capable collection equipment. In support of this concept, BAE Systems has developed the Joint Multi-Mission Electro-optical System (JMMES). Designed for potential use on both manned and unmanned aircraft, JMMES is capable of multi-mission integration and target prosecution without the need to exchange system components or system operator, thus increasing flexibility, responsiveness, and capabilities, while reducing manning and cost requirements. JMMES incorporates multi-spectral technology and advanced search algorithms to enhance autonomous collection capabilities. Our thesis investigates how a JMMES equipped SH-60 variant aircraft affects U.S. ISR capabilities in the littoral regions, specifically in the areas of Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW), Surface Warfare (SUW), Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO), and Search and Rescue (SAR). We teamed with the faculty research group in conducting JCTD test flights during Trident Warrior 2009. Utilizing both quantitative and qualitative results and analysis from the exercise flights and post-flight surveys, we developed an organizational simulation model, using VDT, to evaluate the benefits of JMMES.
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