Approved for public release, distribution unlimited; S) cost of the connectors studied is used along with specific performance data such as maximum payload (in tons), maximum speed (in knots) when loaded to maximum payload, and maximum range (in nautical miles) when operated at maximum payload and maximum speed to obtain a number of comparative metrics. These metrics include, but are not limited to tons per hour (tph), cost per ton ($/ton) and cost per ton per nautical mile ($/ton-NM). A number of air and surface connectors were considered consisting of both legacy platforms in use today as well a number of future concept platforms currently being developed. The surface connectors considered are the Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), the Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC), Joint High-Speed Vessel (JHSV), Landing Craft Utility Replacement (LCU(R)) and the Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connector (UHAC). The air connectors considered are the MV-22 Osprey, the CH-53E Sea Stallion, the Hybrid Ultra-Large Aircraft (HULA) and the Hybrid Very-Large Aircraft (HVLA).
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The Sikorsky H-60 airframe is planned to be the only rotary wing aircraft in the Navy's inventory through 2015. The CH-60 variant will support the Airborne Mine Countermeasures (AMCM) mission, replacing the current MH-53E and it's MK-106 towed influence system. The CH-60's towing capacity will be significantly less than the MH-53E, so new equipment, designated the Shallow Water Influence Mine Sweeping (SWIMS) system. Capability of SWIMS is expected to be significantly less than that of the MK-106 system. Smaller size and aircraft commonality will enable SWIMS to deploy on most surface combatants, providing forward presence and reducing employment time of an AMCM suite into a Mine Danger Area (MDA). The purpose of this study is to analyze the feasibility of, and the trade off possibilities for, different types of AMCM operations using the CH-60 and SWIMS system. Given the planned limited capabilities of the CH-60/ SWIMS system relative to the MH-53E/MK-106 system, we explore methods for determining; (1) how to operate CH-60/SWIMS using proposed new employment methods, (2) how many CH-60's will be required to clear a specified MDA, and (3) how to minimize the operational impact to the ships involved.; U.S. Navy (U.S.N.) author.
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited; This thesis provides usage and cost data on programmable hand-held calculators (PHHC's) in the operating force of the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC). In 1978 PHHC's that computerized aircraft performance charts were procured for USMC AV-8A pilots. During 1979 the U.S. Army successfully tested and began procuring a PHHC for use by artillery fire directions centers (FDC's). USMC artillery batteries will receive this PHHC in 1981 In 1980 the Army tested and approved procurement of PHHC's for mortar FDC's. In September 1980 Beech Aircraft Corporation started selling a PHHC module which enabled Super King Air pilots to enjoy 10% fuel savings. In February 1981 Naval Air Systems Command began reviewing a proposal to provide a PHHC for the CH-53E. Each of these systems is described, and available cost information in analyzed. In order to do their jobs faster and more accurately, several individuals have written or purchased software for their personal PHHC's. Four examples which have application in the USMC are presented and explained.; http://archive.org/details/programmablehand00reev; Major, United States Marine Corps
MBA Professional Report; Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) conducts maintenance on various aircraft platforms. In addition to regular aircraft overhauls, FRCSW has the capacity to perform aircraft modifications, which are currently completed by contractors. This project examines why the FRC's are not getting more CH-53E modification work when they have the capacity and capability to complete the work. This project uses FRCSW as a case study to address the issue. Interviews were conducted with the heads of Multi-line Division within FRCSW in San Diego, California and the Commander of FRC's and the H-53 Assistant Program Manager for Logistics at Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Patuxent River, Maryland. The results of these interviews provided an assessment of the actions taken to reduce inefficiencies and non-value added activities and insight into how NAVAIR selects between contractors and FRC's to complete modification work. The data reveal that FRCSW has the capacity to complete modification work on CH-53 aircraft without schedule slippage. Also, a comparison of labor rate, schedule, and location of work, demonstrates how much more expensive FRCSW is and why NAVAIR chooses the lower cost contractor to complete modification work.
This thesis explores various acquisition and contracting issues relevant to the proposed United States Marine CorpsÎ± CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter modernization. The research includes a preliminary cost and operational effectiveness analysis that identifies critical requirements issues and potential acquisition and contracting pitfalls. Cost and effectiveness modeling draws on multi-attribute decision analysis and simulation software to capture the complexities and uncertainties inherent in this modernization program. Based upon this analysis, literature research and interviews with acquisition managers and industry professionals, pertinent issues for developing an acquisition strategy are analyzed and discussed. Some acquisition strategy issues analyzed include risk management, cultural and institutional obstacles to success, competition, integrated contract management, opportunities for tailoring and streamlining, opportunities for exploiting the most recent revision of the Department of Defense 5000 Series, contractor logistic support, operating and support cost reduction and control and finally, political considerations. Various incentive arrangement structures are suggested to ensure programmatic success. Lessons and methodologies that can be extrapolated from this case study to other aging aircraft modernization programs are identified to aid in developing other acquisition strategies.; US Marine Corps (USMC) author
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.; As the United States enters a new millennium, the armed forces, and in particular the Marine Corps, face new challenges in the manner that they deploy and operate. Reductions in both personnel and naval shipping, coupled with an ever-changing world political environment, have led to a dramatic shift in the way that the United States must project its power. As recent combat operations in Afghanistan have demonstrated, there is a valid requirement for forces to possess the ability to operate from the sea directly to an objective area with minimal or no amphibious landing support. This thesis provides an analysis of the most advantageous assault support aircraft allocation aboard a Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) in operations such as this. With the MEU tasked as one of the prominent fixtures in the timely projection of power ashore for the United States, the capabilities (or lack thereof) of assault support aircraft become increasingly important as ship-to-objective distances increase. Our method of finding an optimal composition of aircraft consists of constructing an Assault Support Optimization Model (ASOM). ASOM is assists us in prescribing an ideal configuration of assault support aircraft while emulating the dynamic amphibious environment. ASOM analyzes the assignment of several aircraft combinations (4 CH-53E/12 MV-22...