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dc.contributor.advisorWarren, Camber
dc.contributor.advisorDavis, Duane
dc.contributor.authorPadgett, Nathan E.
dc.dateDec-17
dc.date.accessioned2018-02-07T20:34:19Z
dc.date.available2018-02-07T20:34:19Z
dc.date.issued2017-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/56777
dc.description.abstractSecurity at remote military bases is a difficult, yet critical, mission. Remote locations are generally closer to enemy combatants and farther from supporting forces; the individuals charged with defending the bases do so with less equipment. These locations are also usually reliant on air-resupply missions to maintain mission readiness and effectiveness. This thesis analyzes how swarms of small autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) could assist in defensive operations. To accomplish this, I created an agent-based computer simulation model, which creates a tactical problem (enemies attempting to attack or infiltrate a notional base) that a swarm of UAVs attempts to defend against. Results indicate that a swarm can effectively deter 95% of attackers if each UAV is responsible for covering no more than 0.18 square miles and at least 40% of the UAVs are armed. I conclude that UAVs are an excellent addition to base defense and are particularly helpful at remote outposts with less organic capability (limited field of view, defensive assets, etc.). While this research deals specifically with countering a threat to a central base, the algorithms for swarm dynamics could be applied to future problems in mobile convoy or aircraft defense, and even peacetime applications like search and rescue.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/defensiveswarmng1094556777
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis 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.en_US
dc.titleDefensive swarm: an agent-based modeling analysisen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentDefense Analysis (DA)
dc.subject.authoragenten_US
dc.subject.authormodelingen_US
dc.subject.authoragent-based modelen_US
dc.subject.authorABMen_US
dc.subject.authordroneen_US
dc.subject.authorunmanneden_US
dc.subject.authorswarmen_US
dc.subject.authorswarmingen_US
dc.subject.authorUAVen_US
dc.subject.authorUASen_US
dc.subject.authorbase defenseen_US
dc.subject.authorgeneralized-linear modelen_US
dc.subject.authorGLMen_US
dc.subject.authorreceiver operating characteristicen_US
dc.subject.authorROCen_US
dc.description.serviceMajor, United States Air Forceen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Defense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineDefense Analysisen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.


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