Systems Engineering Analysis (SEA) Capstone Projects

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    Unmanned systems in integrating cross-domain naval fires
    (Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School, 2016-06) Cox, J.R.; Estrad, David; Fisher, John; Hanna, David; Martens, Zach; Reeves, Tim; Wagner, Brandon; Bay, Sophia; Yoash, Roey Ben; Cheng, Chun Chieh; Lai, Guoquan; Lai, Jin Wei; Lee, Kum Leong; Lim, Eng Soon; Lim, Wee Yeow; Mitchell, Nelson; Ong, Chee Kiong; Soon, Weihao Kevin; Tan, Chew Kung; Teo, Kenny Sheng Yong; Williams, Kevin; Wong, Chee Mun Kelvin; Wong, Kuhai; Wu, Kam Wah; Yue Siew Peng; Zhang, Zhibin; Systems Engineering Analysis Cohort 23; Systems Engineering Analysis Cohort 23; SEA Cohort SEA-23; Papoulias, Fotis; Atkinson, Michael; Systems Engineering (SE); SEA Cohort SEA-23
    The ability to communicate and transmit targeting data via the electromagnetic spectrum is crucial to the Navy's ability to fight. However, in recent years, potential adversaries have significantly advanced their electronic warfare capabilities, obtaining an ability to interfere with the Navy's use of the electromagnetic spectrum during operations in contested environments. SEA23 investigates concepts of operation focusing on future potential electromagnetic-spectrum warfighting capabilities in the 2025Ð2030 timeframe. Specifically, we explore these capabilities using modular unmanned and manned platforms capable of carrying communications and data suites to enable cross-domain targeting information in support of tactical offensive operations in a contested, denied, degraded, intermittent, and limited-bandwidth environment. This project focuses on developing a system-of-systems architecture and analyzing alternatives to provide potential solutions while developing the associated concepts of operation. We recommend an architecture based on Link 16 and organic rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicles to transfer sensor to shooter data in demanding and contested environments.
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    An integrated command and control architecture concept for unmanned systems in the year 2030
    (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2010-06) Johnson, Jamarr J.; Buckley, Omari D.; Cunningham, Dustin; Matthews, Adam; Quincy, Keith E.; Fontenot, Dion G.; Moran, Michael G.; Tham, Gabriel; Wong, Jason; Quah, Raymond; Chia, Tommy; Costica, Yionon; Gho, Delvin; Seet, Henry; Ang, Teo Hong; Tan, Wei Chieh; Lim, Wei Han; Lo, Chee Hun; Lu, Chin Leong; Toh, Boo Pin; Ho, Liang Yoong; Ng, Yeow Cheng; Chia, Boon Chye; Ng, Wei Gee; Tan, Chin Wah John; Tong, Kee Leong; Ting, Chi Yon; Ang, Kha Luna; Quek, Chee Luna; Lim, Han Wei; Wong, Ka-Yoon; Thompson, Bradley G.; Wee, Yean Wee; SEA Cohort SEA-16; Nilsson, Drew J.; Thompson, Bradley G.; Tan, Yean Wee; Langford, Gary; Systems Engineering (SE); Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Science (GSEAS); Systems Engineering (SE); SEA Cohort SEA-16
    U.S. Forces require an integrated Command and Control Architecture that enables operations of a dynamic mix of manned and unmanned systems. The level of autonomous behavior correlates to: 1) the amount of trust with the reporting vehicles, and 2) the multi-spectral perspective of the observations. The intent to illuminate the architectural issues for force protection in 2030 was based on a multi-phased analytical model of High Value Unit (HVU) defense. The results showed that autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles are required to defeat high-speed incoming missiles. To evaluate the level of autonomous behavior required for an integrated combat architecture, geometric distributions were modeled to determine force positioning, based on a scenario driven Detect-to-Engage timeline. Discrete event simulation was used to schedule operations, and a datalink budget assessment of communications to determine the critical failure paths in the the integrated combat architecture. The command and control principles used in the integrated combat architecture were based on Boyd's OODA (Obseve, Orient, Decide, and Act) Loop. A conservative fleet size estimate, given the uncertainties of the coverage overlap and radar detection range, a fleet size of 35 should be anticipated given an UAV detection range of 20km and radar coverage overlap of 4 seconds.
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    Systems approach to designing a maritime Phase Zero Force for the year 2020
    (Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School, 2009-06) Dunn, Jarrett; Lee, Chet; Thurston, Tim; Gahl, Christopher; Luedke, Brandon; Knowles, Laurie; Smith, James; Ang, Chez Yee; Bair, Robert; Boey, Chung Wai; Chia, Wan Yin; Chia, Wee Lee; Devieash, James; Eng, Chun Heong; Foong, Yew Chong; Ho, Chien Cheong Gerald; Lee, Han Chaun; Lee, Hong Aik; Leong, Weng Wai; Mok, Chaun Hao; McClure, James; Ong, Choon Wei Roy; Quek, Kim Meng Anthony; Rozen, Nir; See, Mei Eng Elaine; Chee Yong Ng; Ong, Chiou Perng; SEA Cohort SEA-15; Langford, Gary O.; Systems Engineering (SE); Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Science (GSEAS); Systems Engineering (SE); SEA Cohort SEA-15
    This report details the construct of a maritime force designed solely for the accomplishment of Phase Zero missions. Accomplishment of Phase Zero missions will increase a region's stability thus decreasing the spread of radical ideologies that could spawn large scale terrorist attacks and prevent smaller conflicts from growing into larger more expensive ones. To devise this force the integrated study team had to take the broad idea of Phase Zero operations and determine which specific missions contribute to the completion of what they defined as the overall Phase Zero mission. Based on these missions, the integrated study team built scenarios that were representative of the entire Phase Zero mission area. These scenarios were used to establish what capabilities were important to a maritime Phase Zero Force. With these capabilities in mind, the team constructed maritime forces and then evaluated them against the same scenarios to determine which ones performed better. The recommended force can be fielded for an annual cost of $360 million and could accomplish all of the Phase Zero scenarios that the integrated study team built.
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    Systems Engineering Analysis Littoral Undersea Warfare in 2025
    (Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School, 2004) Bindi, Victor; Kaslik, Michael; Baker, Jeffrey; Manning, Keith; Billington, Ryan; Horton, Peter; Gallassero, Tawanna; Mueller, Arthur; Gueary, Joseph; Scherry, Justin; Harts, Nathan; Strunk, John; SEA Cohort SEA-8; Shoup, Frank; Bacon, Roger; Systems Engineering Analysis (SEA); Systems Engineering (SE); Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Science (GSEAS); Systems Engineering (SE); SEA Cohort SEA-8
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    (Monterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate School, 2021-06) Barber, Evan; Berg, Lane M.; Gallagher, James; Garrison, David C.; Lofthouse, Richard M., Jr.; Sweeney, Joseph W., III; Parker, Gary W.; Systems Engineering Analysis (SEA); Systems Engineering (SE); Systems Engineering (SE); Systems Engineering (SE); Systems Engineering (SE); Systems Engineering (SE); Hernandez, Alejandro S.
    The objective of this research is to identify key factors that impact the probability of success of a military material acquisition program. These key factors are intended to be incorporated in a wargaming-type acquisition game developed by the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center. This project defines a successful military acquisition as a program that achieves a successful Milestone C decision and is not terminated or restructured. Measures of potential factors related to program cost, schedule, and performance were postulated and potential data sources identified. Data were drawn from Selected Acquisition Reports to Congress. Statistical analysis was conducted using data from 79 DOD ACAT I programs to determine correlations of initial program baseline cost, schedule, and performance data. Analysis determined that the percentage of a program’s Key Performance Parameters that achieve their threshold values is the strongest indicator of a program achieving a successful Milestone C decision. The output of this capstone is a methodology that can be adapted for application in evaluating probability of successful military acquisitions in other countries or to incorporate stronger leading indicators of program success if data become available for analysis. Recommendations for further analysis and data collection efforts include categorizing programs based on the urgency of need, as well as the system’s technology readiness levels at program initiation.
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    (Monterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate School, 2021-06) Deken, Anthony M.; Leusner, Bradley; Lewis, Justin; Wichert, Kaylee M.; Williams, Richard D., III; Beery, Paul T.; Pollman, Anthony G.; Systems Engineering (SE); Systems Engineering (SE); Systems Engineering (SE); Systems Engineering (SE)
    The United States Navy has kept only a few varieties of maritime mines in its inventory for the last several decades and has let its mining tactical doctrine stagnate in order to prioritize its mine countermeasure capabilities. This thesis looks at mine warfare (MIW) through a modern lens using modeling and simulation (M&S) to capture a broader set of factors around the mining operational environment beyond mine performance characteristics and employment parameters to also include probabilistic enemy responses measured against updated mission success criteria. This thesis explores three generic and unclassified experiment scenarios to draw broad conclusions about the factors that most affect mining success and lays the groundwork for future exercises to explore specific mining use cases to inform the next generation of mines and their employment. Analysis indicates that air delivery strategies generally outperform surface, submarine, or UUV delivery with regard to affecting enemy behavioral outcomes. Note that the UUV delivery is associated with a lower overall quantity of mines, the impact of which can be mitigated through UUV movement speed and individual mine probability of detection and engagement.
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    Viable short-term directed energy weapon naval solutions: a systems analysis of current prototypes
    (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2013-06) Ciullo, Dan; deLongpre, Jeff; Mcarthur, Sim; Nowakowski, Jake; Shene, Rich; Taylor, Earvin; White, Roosevelt; Cheng, Po-Yu; Heng, Yinghui; Wong, Chia Sern; Wong, Wai Keat; Phua, Yee Ling; Zlatsin, Philip; Choon, Junwei; Neo, Yong Shern; Lee, Daryl; Chow, Wen Chong; Lee, Guan Hock; Leo, Valentine; Lim, Zhifeng; Sheo, Boon Chew; Soh, Sze Shiang; Teo, Harn Chin; SEA Cohort SEA-19B; Langford, Gary O.; Systems Engineering (SE); SEA Cohort SEA-19B; Anderson, Thomas
    With conventional weapons nearing their peak capability, the need to identify alternative war fighting solutions suggests a look at Directed Energy Weapons (DEWs). The goal is to change the means by which warfare is conducted to improve operational efficiencies and overall effectiveness. The Naval Postgraduate School Systems Engineering and Analysis (SEA-19B) Capstone project team examined how existing directed energy technologies can provide performance across multiple warfare area domains and mission subsets for the U.S. Navy. The aim was to identify and characterize the capability gaps with conventional weapons systems, produce a coherent vision of naval missions that incorporate DEWs, and generate a roadmap for a DEW fleet. By conducting a thorough Analysis of Alternatives based on system performance, integration, schedule, and cost, the project team identified that the Tactical Laser System (with a laser beam power of 10 kW) provided the best overall capability to defend surface combatants, although none of the analyzed DEWs have the capability to replace a current conventional weapon. The Active Denial System (microwave) provided a niche capability in the Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection mission set.
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    Rapid Response Command and Control (R2C2): a systems engineering analysis of scaleable communications for Regional Combatant Commanders
    (Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School, 2006-06) Sullivan, Lisa; Cannon, Lennard; Reyes, Ronel; Bae, Kitan; Colgary, James; Minerowicz, Nick; Leong, Chris; Lim, Harry; Lim, Hang Sheng; Ng, Chin Chin; Neo, Tiong Tien; Tan, Guan Chye; Ng, Yu Loon; Wong, Eric; Wong, Heng Yue; SEA Cohort SEA-9A; Systems Engineering (SE); Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Science (GSEAS); Systems Engineering (SE); SEA Cohort SEA-9A
    Disaster relief operations, such as the 2005 Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, and wartime operations, such as Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, have identified the need for a standardized command and control system interoperable among Joint, Coalition, and Interagency entities. The Systems Engineering Analysis Cohort 9 (SEA-9) Rapid Response Command and Control (R2C2) integrated project team completed a systems engineering (SE) process to address the military’s command and control capability gap. During the process, the R2C2 team conducted mission analysis, generated requirements, developed and modeled architectures, and analyzed and compared current operational systems versus the team’s R2C2 system. The R2C2 system provided a reachback capability to the Regional Combatant Commander’s (RCC) headquarters, a local communications network for situational assessments, and Internet access for civilian counterparts participating in Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief operations. Because the team designed the R2C2 system to be modular, analysis concluded that the R2C2 system was the preferred method to provide the RCC with the required flexibility and scalability to deliver a rapidly deployable command and control capability to perform the range of military operations.
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    Influence of foreign humanitarian assistance/disaster relief in a coastal nation
    (Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School, 2011-06) Alexander, Shavonne A.; Brinkley, Walter R.; Cohen, Jordan M.; Roberts, Thomas M.; Beery, Paul; Bubulka, Joseph; Kenfield, Matt C.; Quilenderino, Johnny M.; SEA Cohort SEA-17A; Paulo, Eugene; Appleget, Jeffrey A.; Systems Engineering Analysis (SEA); Systems Engineering (SE); Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Science (GSEAS); Systems Engineering (SE); SEA Cohort SEA-17A
    One of the global security challenges the United States faces is disaster coupled with political instability. The U.S. Military‘s ability to rapidly respond to disasters enhances regional and global security and stability. Foreign Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (FHA/DR), increasingly a mission that relies on a significant military component, focuses on the provision of goods and services such as health care, supplies necessary for survival, and infrastructure repair, with the goal of reducing the immediate human suffering. The disaster in this project‘s scenario is catastrophic flooding that occurs in one of Africa‘s most populated and wealthiest countries that threatens the stability and development of West Africa. This project, employing a systems engineering methodology, focuses on the 60 days after the disaster and the requirements to provide this assistance in the form of goods and services. Many system-of-systems architectures were developed to investigate the effectiveness of utilizing a Seabase for the primary delivery of aid. Two simulation tools, SimKit, and STELLA, were used to model and examine these architectures with the former addressing the delivery and throughput concerns while the latter focused on the satisfaction of the population and the limitation of criminal activity. Based on the results of modeling, the team provided recommendations relative to the most effective architectures in influencing the population of this coastal area as well as accomplishing the FHA/DR mission.
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    Recapitalization of Amphibious Operation and Lift
    (Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School, 2012-06) Allmond, Jon; Birkelbach, Ryan; Campbell, Joe; Chapman, Will; Hassenftatz, Karl; Laidler, Andrew; Lucht, Tood; Martin, Matt; McAraw, Mike; Witte, Robb; Aramugam, Muth.; Chan, Wen Kai; Chen, Bingqiang; Chua, Kai Ping; Gan, Eng Kiat; Kok, Ho Kiat; Khong, Farn Wei Jason; Lee, Yong Run; Lim, Chong Siong; Lutz, Tom; Marple, Joel; Ng, Fuquan; Schwartz, Zak; Tan, Kim Hong; Tan, Yit Peng; Tang, Chee Meng; Ting, Choon Boon; Tng, Yan Siong; Too, Huseh Tien; Yap, Chun Hong Kelvin; Yeo, Chin Liong; SEA Cohort SEA-18A; Paulo, Eugene; Nussbaum, Daniel; Systems Engineering Analysis (SEA); Temasek Defence Systems Institute; Systems Engineering (SE); Operations Research (OR); SEA Cohort SEA-18A
    The aging Whidbey Island and Harpers Ferry class ships, LSD-41 and 49 respectively, comprise just over one third of the amphibious navy. However, a solution to the capability gap created by the loss of these ships is needed to maintain the effectiveness of the amphibious fleet across a broad spectrum of mission areas. This research effort considers future ship designs and fleet architectures to meet the capability gaps left by the decommissioning of the LSD-41 and 49 class ships. With respect to lift capacity, performance capability, cost and a risk assessment, the analysis showed the LPD-17 or a LSD(X) approximately 30% larger than the existing classes to be acceptable replacement classes. This analysis also supports further research to determine the most robust fleet architecture apart from the current eleven LHA or LHD, eleven LPD and eleven LSD paradigm.