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dc.contributor.advisorFernandez, Lauren S.
dc.contributor.advisorRollins, John
dc.contributor.authorPrice, Darren E.
dc.dateMar-16
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-29T21:19:49Z
dc.date.available2016-04-29T21:19:49Z
dc.date.issued2016-03
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/48581
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.descriptionReissued 29 Jul 2016 to revise acknowledgements.en_US
dc.description.abstractResponding to disasters is a critical function for first responders and the emergency management community. The primary mission when responding to disasters is saving lives, which often requires the use of multiple resources. Rotary and fixed-winged aircraft have traditionally performed disaster response missions, such as overhead damage assessments, reconnaissance, and missing person searches. However, with the advancement of unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), there is an opportunity to perform many conventional aerial missions in a safer, more expeditious, and cost-effective manner. This thesis explores the introduction of UASs for disaster response missions into the national airspace system of the United States. It includes a review of traditional disaster response missions and opportunities for the utilization of UASs; a comparison of UAS programs, both military and civilian, as well as international UAS programs; and a review of barriers to implementation. It also offers policy and program considerations for agencies and jurisdictions to consider when implementing a UAS program, and it recommends future research concerning the topic of autonomous UASs. Lastly, this thesis provides a decision guide to assist policy makers and practitioners with determining the need and feasibility of a UAS program.en_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsCopyright is reserved by the copyright owner.en_US
dc.titleUnmanned aircraft systems for emergency management: a guide for policy makers and practitionersen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairsen_US
dc.subject.authordroneen_US
dc.subject.authorunmanned aircraft system (UAS)en_US
dc.subject.authorunmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)en_US
dc.subject.authordisaster responseen_US
dc.subject.authoremergency managementen_US
dc.subject.authorprivacyen_US
dc.subject.authornational airspace system (NAS)en_US
dc.subject.authorFederal Aviation Administration (FAA)en_US
dc.description.serviceRegional Operations Supervisor, Ohio Emergency Management Agencyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts in Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Homeland Security and Defense)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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