Logistics and maintenance concepts for a future Naval Force
Brown, Kenneth J.
Eaton, Donald R.
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The CROSSBOW project is an attempt to assess the threat scenarios in the year 2020 and create a conceptual weapon system that provides U.S. naval superiority throughout the 21st century. Given the operational characteristics defined in the Mission Needs Statement, this thesis will examine the potential applications of new technologies and emerging logistics and maintenance concepts that will enhance the capabilities and readiness of the CROSSBOW weapon system. This analysis will include an Arena simulation model comparison between the current depot level repairable (DLR) replenishment process and a proposed logistics and maintenance system utilizing the suggested CROSSBOW sustainment concepts. This analysis will also assess the inherent cost savings of the CROSSBOW weapon system through a Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) of the CROSSBOW Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) utilizing the F/A-18C Hornet as a baseline for comparison. A LCCA will also be performed on a notional SEA QUIVER logistics ship. A current maintenance issue, aging weapon systems, will be assessed within the context of the suggested CROSSBOW sustainment concepts, for potential mitigation of impact. In contrast, Navy culture will be discussed and its impairment on the acquisition, fielding, and sustaining of any new weapon systems.
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