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BATTERIES ON THE BATTLEFIELD : DEVELOPING A METHODOLOGY TO ESTIMATE THE FULLY BURDENED COST OF BATTERIES IN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE  

According to Department of Defense (DoD) and Secretary of the Navy (SeCNAv) instructions, acquisition decisions should be based on analysis that considers both the costs and benefits of different courses of action. A recent change to DoD Instruction (DODI) 5000.02 the DoDs regulations on the acquisition of new systems, specifically calls for its agencies to consider the fully burdened energy costs in all trade offs involving costs and ...Read more >

109 Pages
1.60 MB
ELECTRONIC WARFARE SELF PROTECTION OF BATTLEFIELD HELICOPTERS : A HOLISTIC VIEW  

The dissertation seeks to increase understanding of electronic warfare (EW) selfprotection (EWSP) of battlefield helicopters by taking a holistic (systems) view on EWSP. It also evaluates the methodologies used in the research and their suitability as descriptive tools in communication between various EWSP stakeholders. The interpretation of the term holistic view is a central theme to the ...Read more >

217 Pages
3.66 MB
SMART FIRES : A COTS APPROACH TO TACTICAL FIRE SUPPORT USING A SMARTPHONE  

Communications in wartime are critical. The United States Marine Corps communicates well using a variety of radios, each for a specialized and limited ...Read more >

149 Pages
2.42 MB
GANGS AND GUERRILLAS IDEAS FROM COUNTERINSURGENCY AND COUNTERTERRORISM : REPORT  

In a discussion at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, it became apparent that there were many similarities between insurgent behavior and gang behavior similarities that would make a more rigorous analysis worthwhile. With this theme in mind, the faculty of the Defense Analysis Department at the Naval Postgraduate School, experts in counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations, were enlisted to address these similarities and to share their theories, models and ideas ...Read more >

108 Pages
844.25 KB
HOW TO KILL A TIGER : MEASURING MANWARINGS PARADIGM AGAINST SRI LANKAS COUNTERINSURGENCY STRATEGY  

Sri Lanka was brutalized by a Tamil insurgency that lasted for nearly three decades, led by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. This paper seeks to understand how Sri Lankan strategy evolved such that after several campaigns which ended with the government defeat, it was ultimately able to ...Read more >

69 Pages
1.86 MB
THE NETT WARRIOR SYSTEM : A CASE STUDY FOR THE ACQUISITION OF SOLDIER SYSTEMS  

This project provides an analysis of the Armys acquisition of the Nett Warrior (NW) soldier system. Its objectives are to document the legacy of the system and provide an overview of how acquisition strategy has adapted with respect to key acquisition elements since its inception on September 8, ...Read more >

127 Pages
3.13 MB
LEVERAGING KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT TOOLS TO SUPPORT SECURITY RISK MANAGEMENT IN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY  

This thesis examines Knowledge Management (KM) initiatives at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the United Kingdom and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The first goal was to identify existing KM approaches that would foster higher levels of knowledge sharing and collaboration among security risk management practitioners within Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agencies to enhance riskinformed decision making ...Read more >

73 Pages
667.54 KB
FROM ESTRANGEMENT TO ENGAGEMENT : THREATS AND OPPORTUNITIES IN INDO U.S. RELATIONS AND THE ROLES OF THEIR ARMED FORCES  

We are nations forged from many traditions and faiths, proving year after year that diversity is our strength. From vastly different origins and experiences, we have come to the same conclusions: that freedom and democracy are the strongest bases for both peace and prosperity and that they are universal aspirations, constrained neither by culture nor levels of economic ...Read more >

24 Pages
68.63 KB
ENSURING EFFECTIVE INFORMATION FLOW THROUGH THE JTB ENTERPRISE IN SUPPORT OF COMBAT OPERATIONS : INTEGRATING REQUIREMENTS ACROSS TECHNOLOGY, PROCESS, ORGANIZATION AND INCENTIVES  

IEDs continue to harass, maim and kill innocent men, women and children, as well as numerous coalition and U.S. forces. Currently, over 50% of U.S. casualties are caused by IEDs. To combat this terror, the U.S. government has employed significant resources across a diverse range of dedicated researchers and ...Read more >

73 Pages
552.79 KB
COOKING UP PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS : THE INGREDIENTS OF SUCCESSFUL PSYOP  

Psychological Operations (PSYOP) have been integral to U.S. military operations in times of war and peace. Using radio broadcasts, leaflets, loudspeakers and other forms of media, the U.S. has directed PSYOP toward influencing the behavior of a target audience (TA), in order to influence their emotions, motives and objective reasoning in support of the accomplishment of national aims and ...Read more >

79 Pages
1.39 MB
FIGHTING NETWORKS : THE DEFINING CHALLENGE OF IRREGULAR WARFARE  

This study examines how networks fight and how to counter networks. Networks, empowered by information technology, play a powerful role in many different aspects of social and organizational interaction. Notably, recent confrontations with networked opponents have strained the U.S. military and produced time-intensive, brutally complex and costly irregular warfare in Iraq and ...Read more >

373 Pages
2.78 MB
HOW SHOULD SOF BE ORGANIZED  

Special Operations Forces (SOF) today provide policy makers with Economy of Force and Expansion of Choice options. Unfortunately, not all countries are well positioned to capitalize on SOF as a strategic asset. Not all SOF organizations are appropriately structured at the national level for the SOF system to be a whole that is greater than the sum of its ...Read more >

173 Pages
4.24 MB
IMPROVING THE ENHANCED COMPANY OPERATIONS FIRE SUPPORT TEAM  

This research explores the effects of current and proposed changes to equipment, doctrine and training on the effectiveness of the fire support process in Enhanced Company Operations (ECO). ECO envisions restructuring the Marine Air Ground Task Force around companies rather than battalions. The fire support element of rifle companies is the Fire Support Team ...Read more >

150 Pages
4.72 MB
FINDING LAWRENCE : RECRUITING TALENT FOR UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE  

From Francis Marions guerrilla war against the British to advising the resistance against the Nazis and Japanese, the United States has depended on unconventional warfare (UW) as a component of national defense. Today, the U.S. Army Special Forces (SF) is the premiere unconventional warfare unit in the U.S. military. With a smaller Army and increasing missions, SF must expand its recruiting ...Read more >

139 Pages
2.66 MB
CHANGING THE AFGHAN CYCLE OF CONFLICT FROM CONFLICT FROM  

This study explores the cyclical nature of conflict in Afghanistan and the elusive condition of stability as coalition forces begin their anticipated drawdown in 2011 and complete transition of security to Afghan forces in 2014. Assuming that the basic societal elements of stability require a balancing of political, economic and security structures to form a sense of national cohesion, this study seeks to determine if national cohesion is sufficient enough to break the cycle of conflict; and ...Read more >

205 Pages
2.98 MB
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