In order to continue the Unmanned Tactical Autonomous Control and Collaboration (UTACC) program, an accurate understanding of the current unmanned vehicles (UxVs) available on the commercial market is required. This thesis used site visits, conference attendance, trade shows, and online databases to evaluate and rank both unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs). This thesis identified 10 out of 46 UAVs and five UGVs that could be quick-wins for the Marine Corps if adopted. These identified platforms received the highest scores based on five measures of effectiveness (MOEs): technology readiness level (TRL), mission capability, interdependence, modularity, and security. This thesis also addressed the need to evaluate systems based on their level of interdependence instead of level of autonomy, acknowledging the importance of human-machine teaming.
Boger, Dan C. Miller, Scot A.
Information Technology Management
Naval Postgraduate School
Master of Science in Information Technology Management
Information Sciences (IS)
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