Life-Cycle Cost Analysis for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Deployed Aboard Coast Guard Cutters

Report Number: NPS-CE-13-096

Series: Cost Estimating

Category: Cost Benefit Analysis

Report Series: Sponsored Report

Authors: Theodore J. Erdman, Christopher Mitchum

Title: Life-Cycle Cost Analysis for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Deployed Aboard Coast Guard Cutters

Published: 2013-12-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: Graduate Student

Full Text URL: http://acquisitionresearch.net/files/FY2013/NPS-CE-13-096.pdf

Keywords: Unmanned Aircraft Systems, National Security Cutter, Offshore Patrol Cutter, Life-Cycle Cost, Swarm Technology

Abstract:

As the Coast Guard endeavors to close the operational gaps created by the postponements in the National Security Cutter (NSC) delivery schedule, it is important to assess the cost implications of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUASs) on the NSC with reasonable accuracy. The purpose of this research was to conduct a life-cycle cost (LCC) analysis of sUAS deployment on the Coast Guard