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Naval Postgraduate School
Dec 24, 2021 Levesque, Christopher R.
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The threats facing America today are different from the threats on 9/11. The actions the United States took to defend against similar attacks were necessary; however, the increase in attacks by non-foreign terrorist organizations (FTOs) requires agencies to evolve. This thesis explores how the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) can be leveraged to enhance the intelligence capabilities of the U.S. government. This thesis begins by identifying the threats facing America in 2021. Through...
Topics: intelligence, homeland security, Department of Homeland Security, DHS, Transportation Security...
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Nov 27, 2021 Cruz, Luis A.; Hoopes, Angela L.; Pappa, Ryane M.; Shilt, Savanna L.; Wuornos, Samuel I.
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The modern battlefield is more complex than ever, and the technological advancement of weapons is accelerating. In order to win the next fight, faster response time to an adversary's actions is critical. Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to enable warfighters to outpace enemy decision cycles and reduce information overload, thus overcoming the \"fog of war.\" When developing combat systems, reliability could be the difference between life and death. Therefore, it is of...
Topics: artificial intelligence, AI, machine learning, safety risks, battle management aids, failure modes,...
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In 2017, two Arleigh Burke–class destroyers, USS John S. McCain and USS Fitzgerald, were each involved in collisions in the Pacific resulting in the deaths of 17 Sailors and injuries to several others. During the Comprehensive Review (CR) of these incidents, it was determined that fatigue, poor watchstanding habits, and the lack of professional knowledge were contributing factors. Since the occurrence of these shattering events, the U.S. Navy has implemented policies which mandate the use of...
Topics: manning, Optimized Fleet Response Plan, OFRP, heuristics, SMART tool, operational readiness
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Nov 27, 2021 Curnutt, Alden J.; Sikes, Shandlea R.
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The Congruence Model describes the idea that a team can only succeed when the defined components of people, structure, work, and culture all fit together. A key concept of The Congruence Model also identifies the interconnected relationships between components to understand how changes in one area affect performance in others. This model does not, however, include tacit knowledge as a core factor when assessing overall congruency. The research described in this study used data points from...
Topics: The Congruence Model, qualitative, Cyber Protection Teams, Cyber Mission Force, cyber protection...
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Nov 27, 2021 Cunningham, Daniel T.
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Extant literature has addressed empirical insurgent networks inadequately, insufficiently accounting for insurgent warfare's unique characteristics. Specifically, existing structural studies of insurgencies—those seeking to understand emergent social system patterns—have failed to capture the overlapping nature of competing, information-sharing networks in such contexts. This study focuses on the ways by which insurgent and authority social networks co-evolve in insurgent warfare. It...
Topics: co-evolution, insurgency, counterinsurgency, social networks, complex adaptive systems,...
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System developers generate and simulate models for behavior analysis of the system at different phases of the system life cycle to aid stakeholders in understanding and informing decisions for systems or programs. Monterey Phoenix (MP), a Navy-developed modeling and simulation tool, is distinct in that it provides a unique modeling environment for exhaustively testing and finding desired and undesired behaviors. To create a model in MP, users manually browse the examples with no indexing or...
Topics: model-based systems engineering, Monterey Phoenix, repository, reuse, library
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Nov 27, 2021 de Andrade Martins, Madjer
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The employment of unmanned aerial vehicles is currently a fact in modern warfare. The benefit of using drones as a swarm, working together to accomplish a task, will help save lives; however, the communication among drones within a swarm is a challenge with the available technology due mainly to the power requirements to operate in a small device. Inspired by the massive machine-type communication 5th generation mobile networks, this work offers a novel method of identification and ranging for...
Topics: 5th generation mobile networks, swarm drones, swarming drones, drones, drones swarm, UAV, unmanned...
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Nov 27, 2021 Ebner, Matthew C.; Mitchell, Marilyn A.; Nall, Raven; Richardson, Michele L.; Teal, Sandra M.
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The Research and Analysis Center–Monterey lacked a methodical process to assess if the innovative systems of systems technologies demonstrated at Project Convergence (PC) met the operational effectiveness required to provide the Joint Force with the necessary speed, range, and convergence to yield future decision dominance and overmatch for great power competition. To combat this, a conceptual assessment framework was developed using a proven systems engineering (SE) process. Throughout this...
Topics: operational effectiveness, assessment framework, Project Convergence, multi-domain operations
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Nov 27, 2021 Fitzgerald, Timothy S.
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Yemen's most recent civil war began in 2015 and has affected nearly every person in the country. In addition to war and violence, Yemen has historically experienced a wide array of environmental insecurities, including water scarcity, famine, and migration precipitated by these factors. This thesis examines how environmental insecurities have affected the ongoing civil war and whether they have been used as a tool in the war. Also, this thesis asks whether these issues existed before the war or...
Topics: Yemen, civil war, environmental insecurity, water scarcity, famine, migration
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This thesis demonstrates an application of machine learning for enabling automated decision support to warfighters operating laser weapon systems in complex tactical situations. The thesis used the NPS Modeling Virtual Environments and Simulation (MOVES) Institute's Swarm Commander modeling and simulation software environment to develop simulated datasets of wargaming scenarios involving a shipboard laser weapon system defending against drone swarm threats. The simulated datasets were used to...
Topics: laser weapon system, machine learning, unmanned aerial vehicles, unmanned aircraft systems,...
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Nov 27, 2021 Gervis, Darryl
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Ring laser gyroscope (RLG)-based inertial navigation systems (INS) form the basis of navigation systems. While RLG-based systems have an improvement in accuracy and reliability over their traditional mechanical gyroscope-based forebearers, they suffer inaccuracies and drift in detecting acceleration and rotation that lead to errors. INS compute their current position by integrating equations of motion from their last position, and therefore any error can quickly compound. Atomic beam gyroscopes...
Topics: quantum, gyroscope, accelerometer, atom beam, inertial navigation, laser, FORCEnet, atom...
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The development and adoption of 5G technology is rapidly progressing worldwide, and users of this technology are expected to increase to three billion by 2026. Third generation Partnership Project (3GPP) has designed the specifications of this new network infrastructure with security in mind; however, ongoing research continues to verify and scrutinize the system to help keep the data traveling this network safe. This thesis evaluates the feasibility and performance of three different attacks...
Topics: 5G, anonymity, error correction coding, low-density parity-check, LDPC, physical downlink control...
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The Department of Defense's (DOD) Cyber Red Teams are often a group of ethical hackers and offensive-trained security professionals who must continuously stay ahead of cybercriminals' known tactics, techniques, and procedures. The Cyber Red Team certification and accreditation life cycle requires ongoing funding and time, while the United States' near-peer state actors and non-state actors are continuously trying to breach its cybersecurity defenses. The information technology infrastructure...
Topics: DOD cyber red teams, red team in a box, RTIB, Cyber Automated Red Team Tool, CARTT, user interface,...
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Nov 27, 2021 Golphin, Allen N., III; Offord, Boswyck D., II
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The U.S. Navy (USN) and U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) are tasked with providing counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) defense for a multitude of mission facets. Using the plethora of C-UAS capabilities available for market purchase, both services have invested in non-complementary C-UAS capabilities. Furthermore, C-UAS coordination and integration is not well-defined in USN or USMC warfare doctrines. This work addresses the current and future C-UAS hardware interoperability and effectiveness needs...
Topics: C-UAS, UAS, interoperability, unmanned aerial system, counter-unmanned aerial system
United States Marine Corps expeditionary units require last-mile resupply of essential items while maintaining a small operational footprint. The use of automated unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) allows for units to be resupplied upon request, while keeping a low footprint in the operational area. Jatho in 2020 described an optimization model that prescribes optimal UAV routes and flight trajectories while accounting for wind conditions and known obstacles between requested resupply units....
Topics: optimal routing, UAV, UAV routing, energy efficiency, logistics
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A recent safety culture workshop revealed that despite having an appropriate number of qualifications and multiple maintenance meetings throughout a given day, Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadrons (HMLAs) are still suffering from the problem of inefficient communication. When I was the quality assurance officer (QAO) at HMLA-267, I saw firsthand how inefficient communication between and within multiple shops led to multiple \"down\" aircraft and an inability to execute all flights...
Topics: maintenance, HMLA, aviation, communication, model, modeling
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The fleet replacement squadron (FRS) syllabus is analyzed using a systems-engineering-based analysis. A review of the daily flight schedules at the Helicopter Maritime Strike FRS in San Diego is conducted, and cancellation data is compiled to incorporate into the syllabus model. Concurrent with the schedule analysis, a determination of previously unaccounted for cancellation factors and associated impact to on-time syllabus completion is conducted. The syllabus is modeled as a schedule and...
Topics: Monte Carlo simulation, Innoslate, functional flow block diagram, FFBD, schedule, flight syllabus,...
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In 2017, after three years of investment, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) restarted an IT acquisition project focused on the U.S. Coast Guard's (USCG) and Transportation Security Administration's financial system. Such projects bear inherent risks in terms of their size and interoperability and affect a wide range of agencies' operational missions. This thesis conducts a comparative analysis of the DHS's financial system failure and examines whether this project failure shares...
Topics: financial management system, acquisition, business process and project management
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Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) is a type of radar that can provide high resolution imagery regardless of time of day or weather conditions. Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) or other deep learning algorithms can be applied to SAR imagery to conduct Automatic Target Recognition (ATR) of high value targets. SAR is a valuable reconnaissance and surveillance capability, but it is limited in its ability to show moving targets. In SAR imagery, moving targets appear smeared, making it difficult to...
Topics: synthetic aperture radar, SAR, convolutional neural network, CNN, deep learning, DL, automatic...
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This thesis explores how the training of poll workers in general, and their technology training specifically, could be improved to enhance the voter experience and increase voter confidence in the election process. To this end, interviews were conducted with poll-worker trainers from counties small and large, as well as a focus group convened to gain perspective on the training experience from first-time poll workers who served during the November 2020 presidential election. The interviews and...
Topics: elections, election integrity, voter confidence, election training, technology, policy, poll worker
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Nov 27, 2021 Joachim, Marcus
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America has faced a racial reckoning as tensions have boiled over between law enforcement and communities of color. The killings of Philando Castile, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless others have led to extensive protests. As the lead agency for investigating federal civil rights and color-of-law violations, the FBI has often been called upon to investigate police actions in these deadly encounters. However, many have questioned the bureau's ability to be impartial, due to the...
Topics: FBI, diversity, gender, racial bias
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Nov 27, 2021 Holleman, Christian H.
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While the utilization of electricity to support human needs is a staple of modern society, the organizations and legal frameworks underlying the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity differ across world regions. In the United States, diverse public and private entities are enmeshed throughout the power grid and work to maintain electrical security, i.e., a stable and continuous supply of electricity to customers in the presence of threats. This cooperative relationship...
Topics: clean energy, public private partnerships, energy security, electrical security, renewable energy,...
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Nov 27, 2021 Indahl, Bethany J.
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This thesis examines trends in Israel's energy security policies in response to its discovery of large offshore natural gas resources in 2009–2010. It evaluates Israel's use of energy diplomacy, selection of energy suppliers, and prioritization of energy infrastructure projects, and the potential impacts of greater energy abundance on these strategies. By comparing Israel's energy policies before and after 2013, the thesis finds that energy abundance led Israel to employ a more protectionist...
Topics: Israel, energy, natural gas
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During major hurricanes, key roads and facilities for military missions can become disrupted and unreachable. This is compounded with local evacuation orders that require nearby communities and military personnel to quickly leave the area. Yet, many military installations and municipalities do not coordinate their evacuation plans, leading to major traffic jams that further disrupt operations on and off base. In this work, we develop a mathematical model and a robust data set of roads, at-risk...
Topics: infrastructure, interdependency, transportation, military, naval station, NAVSTA, Newport,...
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Current calls for police reform consistently focus on three areas: a lack of effective policy, over-inflated budgets, and incomplete data. As such, this thesis asks which role the administrative trinity—the functions of policy, budget, and technology—plays in police professionalization and reform. This thesis explores literature related to professionalization and the administrative functions in the armed forces and civil-military reform. Additionally, nine executive leaders from Scottsdale...
Topics: policing, reform, values, administration, policy, budget, technology
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Nov 27, 2021 Kauffman, Bryan J.
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Commercial IP geolocation databases provide a capability to associate IP addresses or prefixes to a physical location. These services provide critical information for emergency services, commercial entities, and government agencies. The accuracy of these databases can vary to a degree that degrades their utility to an unacceptable level, and the algorithms that are making location determinations are typically proprietary. This study seeks to identify patterns in, or otherwise characterize, the...
Topics: Internet, geolocation, Internet protocol geolocation, IP geolocation, Internet measurement, RIPE
Interference on the Global Positioning System (GPS) infrastructure poses a threat to the nation's security and economy as systems become more dependent on the technology. The pervasiveness of GPS interference methods such as jamming and spoofing present multiple opportunities for adversaries to infiltrate and inject false data on systems as diverse as military, banking, shipping, ecommerce, transportation and other critical economic sectors. The study of GPS spoofing detection methods requires...
Topics: GPS, machine learning, data analytics, artificial intelligence, assured PNT
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The purpose of this research is to determine if the Pacific Fleet private shipyard depot-level maintenance pilot program created financial flexibility by using Other Procurement Navy funds instead of Operation and Maintenance Navy funds. A questionnaire was sent to the Navy's Office of Budget and Pacific Fleet's comptroller and maintenance teams to understand what changes occurred and how they adapted to the changes. This thesis identified the positive and negative effects of the pilot and...
Topics: pilot program, operations, maintenance, PACFLT, comptroller, procurement, Congress, transfer,...
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Practitioners and academics have discussed emergency management's status as a profession for decades. This thesis analyzes the degree of professionalization of emergency management in Maine and provides recommendations to improve it. Review of state legislation and key documents, coupled with interviews of emergency management leaders, contributed to an assessment of professionalization in Maine. Public-sector emergency managers completed a survey developed using Richard Hall's attitudinal...
Topics: emergency management, Maine, professionalization, profession
This thesis evaluated Depot Maintenance Inter-Service Agreements (DMISAs) and processes between the Navy and the other services from a program manager and systems engineering perspective. The intent was to determine whether the DMISAs support technical data compliance and quality control. The research developed a structured method to evaluate 15 DMISAs, conducted semi-structured interviews with domain experts and logisticians, and developed a prototype data analytics tool. The evaluation...
Topics: Depot Maintenance Inter-Service Support Agreement, DMISA, inter-service, support agreement,...
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Naval ship propulsion design is evolving from the traditional structure with a main engine driving a shaft through a reduction gear, to a new architecture that uses electric drives powered from a direct current (DC) power distribution system. The goal of this thesis is to compare different medium voltage rectifiers interfacing an alternate current (AC) generator to a DC bus which can power the ship propulsion system. Power quality and efficiency of the power converters are the parameters used...
Topics: MVDC, rectifier, modular multilevel converter, thyristor, performance, metrics, simulation, power,...
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Nov 27, 2021 Larson, Patrick J.
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As the war on drugs enters the 50th year, illegal drug profits continue to support terrorism and human trafficking, discarded drug boats are leaking fuels into the seas, and drug traffickers are using evolving technology, including semi-submersibles, narco-torpedoes, and full submarines. By analyzing the threat, the technology, and U.S. counterdrug policy and strategy, this thesis offers the Navy four necessary capabilities for a counterdrug vessel. The Navy and U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)...
Topics: littoral combat ships, LCS, expeditionary fast transport, EPF, SOUTHCOM, law enforcement...
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The United States has more than 17,000 police agencies across the nation with more than 800,000 men and women serving in these agencies, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. These officers provide for the safety and security of the residents within their geographic areas of employment. While law enforcement's shooting of civilians is on the whole a rarity, the United States averages about 1,000 people killed annually by police departments across the country, based...
Topics: police reform, police, police shootings, shootings, law enforcement, NYPD
This thesis compares histogram distance and cosine similarity measures used as information retrieval (IR) techniques in automated requirements tracing. We first build a software application that computes a Term Frequency–Inverse Document Frequency (TD-IDF) matrix of a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) public requirements dataset; classify requirement pairs using each similarity measure across a variety of similarity thresholds; derive performance achieved by each IR-based...
Topics: systems engineering, requirements management, requirements traceability, automated requirements...
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This thesis will be qualitative in nature, utilizing published literature, scholarly writings, congressional testimonies, academic journals, previous theses, and public records. The literature review will take a look at relevant works in providing an understanding of selected themes from Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication 7, Learning (MCDP-7) on \"why\" learning is critically important to the profession of arms, and to address certain methods for \"how\" the Marine Corps can...
Topics: learning, organizational learning, organizational culture, psychological safety, systems thinking,...
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Nov 27, 2021 Lee, Boon Kien Eugene
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This thesis presents a Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) methodology for the development of a Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Digital Twin (DT) with the ability to demonstrate route selection capability with a Mission Engineering (ME) focus. It reviews the concept of ME and integrates it with an MBSE framework for the development of the DT. The methodology is demonstrated through a case study where the UAS is deployed for a Last Mile Delivery (LMD) mission and a route optimization module...
Topics: mission engineering, digital twin, systems engineering
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This thesis aims to reduce the safety risks for warfighters in an area of operations where unexploded ordnance (UXO) may be present, and lessen the number of training opportunities due to malfunctioning munitions in a controlled environment. The thesis leverages the advancement in unmanned technologies and artificial intelligence (AI) development to complete dull, dirty, and dangerous tasks more effectively. Specifically, the thesis attempts to improve a trained AI detector's performance using...
Topics: small unmanned aerial system, UXO detection, deep learning, neural network, target classification,...
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This research incorporates and enhances the use of geospatial intelligence, also known as a geographic information system (GIS), within the Dallas Fire Department bureaus, programs, and data analysis. Traditionally, fire departments have primarily leveraged GIS for its cartography (map) functions to produce large area wall maps of the city and first-up response areas, and for creating map books kept in fire apparatus units. While cartography is a useful tool for visualizing broad information,...
Topics: geospatial intelligence, geographic information systems, GIS, response time, travel time, turnout...
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Nov 27, 2021 Longabaugh, Claire L.
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The United States invests significant time and resources in conducting drug interdiction operations in the Western Hemisphere. However, the primary strategic focus for the United States is great power competition (GPC) with Russia and China. GPC objectives are accomplished by maintaining or expanding influence, which can be achieved by becoming another nation's partner of choice. Partnership requires understanding the priorities of other nations so that mutually beneficial policy can be...
Topics: great power competition, Latin America, Navy, drug interdiction
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Adoption of alternate development methods throughout engineering domains is resulting in more effective execution. However, implementation of such methods for hardware development programs has not been widely adopted or their processes well documented. To understand their potential for implementation, the generic life cycle defined in the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook is set as the baseline for comparison of development methods. This work analyzes six alternate development methods...
Topics: hardware development process, development methods, design thinking, human centered design, lean...
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Nov 27, 2021 Mahan, William T.
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Rising incidents of injuries and mortality rates among Army vehicle occupants is an increasing concern in the Army and the Department of Defense (DOD) as they attempt to improve techniques that avoid unintended harm to Soldiers and government assets. This research analyzes the connection between ground guide visual signal training by computer animations in virtual reality and the accuracy of recognition and recall of those visual signals when demonstrated again by a person. To investigate this,...
Topics: Army, computer animations, ground-guiding, recall, recognition, safety, training simulation,...
The purpose of this research was to conduct a comparative analysis of an existing Department of Defense (DOD) contract for commercially available off-the-shelf (COTS) special operational equipment (SOE) items with commercial e-commerce portals to determine if there were certain categories of commercial items that should be purchased through the online marketplace. Specifically, the research analysis compared a specific set of COTS SOE items purchased by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Troop...
Topics: commercial e-commerce, online marketplace, COTS, special operational equipment, SOE, Department of...
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Nov 27, 2021 McDonough, Meghan
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The study was requested by the Marine Corps Aviation community with a focus on risk mitigation strategies for aviators transitioning from day to night flights. Avoiding the use of stimulants and sedatives to aid in fatigue mitigation, the study instead used a four-hour period of continuous bright light exposure to shift the circadian rhythm. The main goals of this study were to determine if the light intervention protocol successfully shifted the circadian rhythm of our participants, how large...
Topics: circadian entrainment, Naval aviation, dim light melatonin onset, DLMO, circadian rhythm,...
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Nov 27, 2021 Monti, Jonathan D.
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The electromagnetic (EM) spectrum is an integral part of the modern battlefield, and the use of wireless connections presents both benefits and risks for U.S. forces. 5G New Radio (5G NR) represents the latest in wireless cellular technology and provides the foundation for a powerful network. However, the requirement for military communications to be low–probability of detection (LPD) and low–probability of intercept (LPI) makes 5G NR unsuitable for use in hostile environments in its...
Topics: 5G, connections, direction of arrival, DOA, user side, gNodeB, gNB, user equipment-side connection...
Low iron soda-lime glass (SLG) is a low-cost, bulk manufactured, commercially available off-the-shelf glass with high quality clarity and transparency, and superior percentage visible light transmittance with color that is resistant to yellowing over time. SLG has been used for various military applications and for the past 15 years, has been studied and viewed with borosilicate as ideal choices of glass for transparent armor applications. Prior research has demonstrated that SLG experiences...
Topics: fractoluminescence, mechanoluminescence, glass, soda-lime glass, SLG, borosilicate, photonic...
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The purpose of this work was to determine if a single 3D lidar sensor could provide enough data to conduct obstacle detection and avoidance for a small ground-based autonomous vehicle in an indoor environment. This work was based on previous Naval Postgraduate School work with simultaneous localization and mapping using a 2D lidar sensor and a 3D time of flight camera. A voxel-based point cloud filtering method was used to interpret data and classify objects as large, small, or negative. The...
Topics: light detection and ranging, lidar, 3D lidar, simultaneous localization and mapping, SLAM, voxel,...
Maintaining a competitive advantage in conflict requires a Marine Corps that can rapidly develop and field technologies to the operational forces. In the 2019 \"Commandant's Planning Guidance,\" the Commandant of the Marine Corps emphasized the need to enhance our capabilities in artificial intelligence, sensor-based data collection, and data-enabled decision-making. Vital to this effort is the Risk Management Framework (RMF), the mandated process by which we assess and mitigate...
Topics: RMF, Risk Management Framework, risk management, assessment and authorization, security, ATO
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Nov 27, 2021 Bryan, Eric R.; Chin, Haeleigh A.
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Current acquisition processes and strategies often result in the delivery of warfighter tools, whether aircraft, ships, weapons, or submarines, that do not meet current mission needs or usability standards. A causal factor is the lack of integration of end-users with the designers and developers throughout the acquisition process. Recent DOD directives support providing alternative pathways to the traditional acquisition process by acquiring technologies at the speed of relevance to meet fluid...
Topics: business logic, warfighter, training, curriculum, continuous iterative development, Agile, 3Cs,...
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Nov 27, 2021 Campuzano, Carlos D.
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As web users resort to adopting encrypted networks like Tor to protect their anonymity online, adversaries find new ways to collect their private information. Since videos over the internet are a major source of recruitment, training, incitement to commit acts of terrorism, and more, this project envisions developing a machine learning algorithm that can help the Department of Defense find terrorists who take advantage of the dark web to help promote extremist ideology. This thesis describes...
Topics: Tor, website fingerprinting, video fingerprinting, anonymity, machine learning classifier, deep...
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Nov 27, 2021 Campion, Keith V.
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Every year, the SEAL Officer Community Management (OCM) receives approximately 300 applications from candidates who want to attend Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training to become Navy SEAL Officers. The applications include multiple data elements such as university attendance, grade point average (GPA) and physical fitness test scores. From this data, the SEAL OCM selects approximately 80% of the candidates to participate in SEAL Officer Assessment and Selection (SOAS). At SOAS, the...
Topics: NSW, BUD/S, selection, recruiting, officers, SEAL, training, OCM, grade point average, GPA, Naval...
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Nov 27, 2021 Carter, Rachel O.
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Saudi Arabia and Israel have never had formal diplomatic relations. The Arab-Israeli issue of Palestinian self-determination, above all else, has kept these two Middle East states apart and at times in adversarial tension. However, the 21st century has witnessed thawing relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel, despite the continued unpopularity of Israel within Saudi society. Scholars have largely isolated one or two of the primary drivers that promote or inhibit Saudi's desire to cooperate...
Topics: Saudi Arabia, Israel, normalization, cooperation, diplomacy, negotiation, Iran, hegemony, Arab,...
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The process of creating an intelligence status report requires a continuous collection of intelligence from various sources of varying inaccuracies and reliability. Consequently, managing many intelligence sources is not only a costly operation to establish but also to maintain continuously. Our objective is to use the Multi-armed Bandit (MAB) framework to model intelligence collection. The proposed framework generalizes the classical MAB model by accounting for censoring in sampled...
Topics: online learning, Multi-armed Bandit, MAB, intelligence collection, censoring
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Nov 27, 2021 Chan, Baixian Alvin
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Computer networks are often the target of cyber attacks carried out by malevolent agents, to either disable critical system operations or to surreptitiously gain access to sensitive data. The asymmetric and covert nature of cyber attacks has led to their increased prevalence, where high-impact attacks on critical infrastructure can be launched with minimal resources. We consider the setup of a network switch and its connected nodes, and use multi-armed bandit models as a framework to formulate...
Topics: multi-armed bandit models, exploitation, cyber networks
Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) do not currently offer viable solutions for autonomous robotic navigation in a tactical scenario, as GNSS networks are susceptible to enemy jamming and loss of coverage within buildings. Several methods for interior navigation and mapping fuse data inputs from inertial measurement units (IMU) and light detection and ranging (lidar) sensors to generate more robust simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) solutions. However, these methods rely on...
Topics: SLAM, lidar, inertial sensors, navigation, sensor fusion, strap-down
This thesis seeks to evaluate the effectiveness of the Russian disinformation campaigns targeting the 2020 U.S. elections and the efforts taken by the U.S. government and social media companies to thwart them. To develop countermeasures for Russian interference activities targeting future American elections, this thesis asks the question: What impact did the countermeasures taken by the American social media companies and the U.S. government have on Russian social media influence campaigns...
Topics: propaganda, social media, information operations, information warfare, active measures, foreign...
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Nov 27, 2021 Cheng, Francisco Y.; Kelly, John P., Jr.; Murphy, David M.
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The Black Hawk utility helicopter is a valuable warfighting asset in the Army aviation fleet. The helicopter also has a substantial sustainment and maintenance cost. One particular subsystem of the helicopter is the main rotor blade, which is a critical component for flight and has a substantial procurement and sustainment cost. For the purpose of this research, we examine current main rotor blade inspection methods, investigate advanced inspection technologies, and produce a concept of...
Topics: digital mapping, helicopter, rotor blades, sustainment
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Nov 27, 2021 Chavez, Christopher T.; Mitchelmore, Matthew K.; Rothermel, Blake A.
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As the Surface Navy continues to advance, Surface Warfare Officers must understand organizational behavior and improve culture onboard ships to better develop teams and avoid mishaps. By examining and understanding organizational behavior, businesses have adapted their strategies to better their employees' performance. Using Nadler and Tushman's Congruence Model, this qualitative case study examines the USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain 2017 ship collisions to answer the question: What...
Topics: Surface Warfare Officer, congruence model, collision, organizational behavior, United States Navy,...
Traditional silicon-based power electronics have approached their performance limits for high-power electronic applications. The U.S. Navy is actively pursuing the implementation of wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductor materials to realize reliable devices for use in high-power, high-current, and high-voltage applications. Gallium nitride (GaN) is a promising candidate for these applications due to its inherent material properties, and recent efforts to produce high quality bulk GaN have begun to...
Topics: gallium nitride, wide bandgap semiconductors, high-power electronics, high temperature operating...
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Nov 27, 2021 Chua, Adrian
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Cold spray is a developing additive-manufacturing technology well suited as a preventive and corrective measure for metallic materials. The key challenge lies in formulating the optimal multifaceted spray parameters to achieve a functional coating on a substrate. Copper-nickel (Cu-Ni) alloy is particularly suited for study, due to its feasibility as both coating and repair material to be deposited onto a substrate through cold spray technology and its well-established characteristics for...
Topics: copper-nickel, Cu-Ni, cold spray, tensile, adhesion, nanoindentation, heat treatment, Young's...
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Nov 27, 2021 Mund, Alexander G.
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Silicon is commonly used in modern electronics; however, the technical specs are being maxed. Wide bandgap semiconductors such as gallium nitride (GaN) are being explored to further the development of better power electronics. This thesis continues testing conducted by Naval Postgraduate School student Burnell Clemmer, who designed a testing box capable of stressing wide bandgap semiconductors and found that they were failing quickly under stress. The objective of this thesis was to identify...
Topics: power devices, gallium nitride, GaN, semiconductor, diode
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Within atmospheric earth system models, accurately resolving the various physical multi-scale processes is critical. For example, the single-layered shallow water equations are widely used to model ocean waves in shallow depth, which contain both fast gravity and slow advective waves. In this dissertation we describe the development of an extrapolated multirate time-integration scheme using explicit Runge-Kutta methods for advancing the numerical solutions of hyperbolic partial differential...
Topics: Richardson extrapolation, Gragg extrapolation, continuous Galerkin methods, discontinuous Galerkin...
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Many discrete-event dynamic systems face changing underlying conditions over time. Manufacturing processes are one example of systems that can be well modeled using discrete-event simulation. System changes include cyclical changes due to natural queueing behavior and changes due to random variability, either of which can involve significant structural changes to the system. For example, machines can degrade in performance, work shift schedules can change, or resources can be reallocated in a...
Topics: concept drift, discrete event simulation, manufacturing systems
The U.S. Navy currently deploys a centralized smart grid that consists of several control systems to analyze energy consumption and utilize data to drive more efficient operations. Being interconnected as a system-of-systems through the internet interface, the smart grid faces threats from the cyber realm aimed at disruption, intelligence gathering and destruction. In this thesis, an intrusion detection system (IDS) is developed for the smart grid as the first line of defense to guard against...
Topics: smart grids, intrusion detection system, IDS, machine learning algorithm, Naval Facilities...
This thesis surveyed the capabilities, similarities, and differences regarding the Army's Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 17C Cyber Operations and the associated difference and similarities between the career paths in the private sector. The question that guided the research was \"What are the recruitment, retention, and sustainment issues the U.S. Army is experiencing within the 17C MOS?\" Methodology included a comparative analysis of the learning objectives required by the...
Topics: cybersecurity, Cyber Operations, career paths, Military Occupational Specialty, MOS, 17C
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This thesis explores how decision makers could use the Monterey Phoenix (MP) behavior modeling tool developed at the Naval Postgraduate School to assess, visualize, and prioritize cyber risk in a supply chain. Assessing supply chain risk is a complex problem because of the inter-relationships among various parts of the system and between the system and its environment. This thesis applies and extends a reusable methodology to analyze risk in MP, developed by Navy LCDR Richard Moebius in 2018,...
Topics: risk, risk assessment, risk management, system, system of systems, complex system, Monterey...
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Nov 27, 2021 Novak, Joseph D.
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The stated objective of Human Systems Integration (HSI) in the DOD is optimization, specifically to maximize total system performance and minimize cost. Limited published precedents describe quantitative optimization across the HSI domain trade-spaces. The Model-Based HSI (MBHSI) process utilizes General Systems Performance Theory to relate HSI domain resource inputs to total system performance output. MBHSI also recharacterizes each domain in terms of constructs that are amenable to...
Topics: HSI, Human Systems Integration, GSPT, General Systems Performance Theory, trade-space, tradespace,...
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Nov 27, 2021 Ostrom, Jacob D.
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This thesis examines how Iran attempts to challenge the United States in the maritime domain. Iranian strategic thinking is discussed to better understand their views on self-reliance and national defense. The thesis then defines asymmetric naval warfare and how the strategy aims to counter perceived threats. Historical background is provided to understand how Iran's naval force developed. The shift in Iran's approach to the maritime domain, from conventional sea power to asymmetric naval...
Topics: Iran, maritime domain, IRGCN, IRIN, Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, gray zone conflict,...
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Nov 27, 2021 Pazen, Paul M.
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The research builds on successful nudge campaigns in the United States and the United Kingdom, including positive results in both the public and private sectors. Traditional crime prevention messaging approaches may have limited success. They typically reach individuals and communities who have already been exposed to straightforward public safety or crime prevention information messages from law enforcement. Based on the results of the Denver Police Department's nudge campaign—the process,...
Topics: Public Safety Nudge Campaign, crime reduction through marketing, crime prevention
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Nov 27, 2021 Paschalidis, Konstantinos
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Small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) are a rapidly developing technology with countless applications in many areas of human activity, ranging from commercial to military use. In the latter case, counter-UAS operations have become an urgent issue. The problem is that the small size of a sUAS makes its detection quite a challenging task. Many of traditional approaches and technologies may not be applicable at all. This thesis describes a feasibility study for using a stationary 3D 360° Light...
Topics: counter-sUAS, 3D 360 degrees LiDAR, motion detection, Principal Components Analysis, masking
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Nov 27, 2021 Naquila, Robert J.
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Machine-to-machine teaming is the trend of future warfare aiming at maximizing effectiveness of heterogeneous assets while performing a specific task or mission. Currently, modern militaries employ autonomous systems such as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and unmanned ground systems (UGS) independently with separate missions. This study explores the possibility of utilizing an autonomous swarm composed of UAS and UGS working in tandem in the improvised explosive device (IED) clearance mission...
Topics: UAS, UGS, machine-machine teaming, IED clearance, Cameo, Simulink, systems engineering, unmanned...
Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to alter many aspects of military operations and improve overall operational effectiveness. One particularly complex mission domain for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) is air and missile defense (AMD). With the proliferation of more advanced weapons, there is a greater need for warfighters to quickly assess the situation, develop an appropriate course of action, and best utilize their warfare assets to respond. This series of activities...
Topics: artificial intelligence, air and missile defense system, trust
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Nov 27, 2021 Powell, Richard W., II
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The purpose of this research is to conduct an individual competency assessment of the Army National Guard's contract management knowledge and evaluate the individual competencies of the Army National Guard's contract officers and contract specialists (1102s). This research evaluates individual competencies throughout all phases of the contract life cycle. In addition to the assessment of individual competencies, this research will also evaluate the individual competencies of the buyer...
Topics: Army National Guard, National Guard Bureau, NGB, Contract Management Body of Knowledge, CMBOK,...
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Nov 27, 2021 Pittner, Kenneth J.
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Currently, U.S. Navy shipboard communications have a great disadvantage: the data rates of satellite links are limited, typically below 4 Mbps for each link. Improving efficient utilization of these links while out to sea is paramount to maintaining our military advantage. Also, any improvement must be transparent to end user functionality. This thesis first explored implementing a free version of a commercial-off-the-shelf wide area network (WAN) optimizer, Artica, on a simulated shipboard...
Topics: network, networking, compression, efficiency, satellites, SATCOM, protocol compression
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Challenges exist in determining out how to effectively integrate legacy analysis tools with Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) tools to accomplish a digital transformation. In this study, we analyze the legacy Program of Ship Salvage Engineering (POSSE), an analysis-based tool that helps salvage engineers determine how critical a damaged ship situation is. Salvage engineers utilize POSSE to provide real-time assessments of complex salvage situations and to communicate with other commercial...
Topics: Model-Based Systems Engineering, MBSE, digital engineering, Program of Ship Salvage Engineering,...
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Nov 27, 2021 Pretzinger, Philip D.
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U.S. Navy helicopters emerged as an innovative concept during World War II and have been a major component of naval aviation for over 70 years. Despite consistent support and a surge of resources at the turn of the 21st century, new concepts—such as the \"Carrier Air Wing of the Future,\" which reduces the helicopter footprint within the carrier air wing by over 30 percent—appear to signal that the Navy is moving on from helicopters. What explains the U.S. Navy's apparent...
Topics: military innovation studies, military history, aviation history, helicopter, helicopters, rotary...
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The natural process of ripening for fresh fruits and vegetables (FF&V) releases ethylene gas and as the concentration of ethylene increases in an enclosed environment, the ripening and spoilage process accelerates. Annually, the deterioration of produce arriving to our different Main Operating Bases (MOB) increases the burden on waste, cost, and logistics to the Army's budget. This study focuses on the viability of integrating ethylene control devices (ECD) in the Multi-Temperature...
Topics: ethylene control device, ECD, Multi-Temperature Refrigerated Container System, MTRCS, Product...
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Mass migrations at the southwest border are nothing new, but surges in unaccompanied minors and family units crossing the border in short periods are increasingly overwhelming the U.S. government's capacity to respond, resulting in humanitarian, legal, and financial consequences. Due to the complex motivations for migrating, U.S. immigration authorities currently lack the ability to anticipate mass-migration events, making it difficult to prepare for them. This thesis poses the question of how...
Topics: immigration, mass migration, foresight, future planning, strategic foresight, migration, southwest...
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As technology advances and nature becomes more unpredictable, hospitals need to focus on their response to specific threats and their capacity to handle them efficiently. Many studies have shown that due to underfunding, hospitals lack the basic size required to properly service populations. The purpose of this thesis is to build and analyze a model of a local hospital's emergency room operations under typical and surge conditions in terms of resource demand and utilization. The model will...
Topics: hospital, surge, threat, population, age demographics
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Nov 27, 2021 Rivera, Armando A.
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This thesis presents an application of image enhancement techniques for color and panchromatic imagery to hyperspectral imagery. In this thesis, a combination of previously used algorithms for multi-channel images are used in a novel way to incorporate multiple bands within a single hyperspectral image. The steps of the image enhancement include image degradation, image correlation grouping, low-resolution image fusion, and fused image interpolation. Image degradation is accomplished through a...
Topics: hyperspectral, image, enhancement, discrete wavelet frame transform, DWFT, linear minimum mean...
Effective liquid fuel injection on future high-speed aero-propulsion systems is a critical requirement for high performance in volume-limited flight vehicles. The use of emerging manufacturing methods can potentially deliver favorable injection properties while allowing for complex design integration flexibility. The injection properties were characterized for conventional and alternative fabrication methods, including additive manufacturing, laser drilling, electric discharge machining, and...
Topics: liquid fuel, injection, additive manufacturing, modeling, ANSYS Fluent, discrete phase model,...
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Nov 27, 2021 Petersen, Mark N.
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The Persistent Cyber Training Environment (PCTE) has been developed as the joint force solution to provide a single training environment for cyberspace operations. PCTE offers a closed network for Joint Cyberspace Operations Forces, which provides a range of training solutions from individual sustainment training to mission rehearsal and post-operation analysis. Currently, PCTE does not have the ability to replay previously executed training scenarios or external scenarios. Replaying cyber...
Topics: digital twins, virtualization, cyber, security, cybersecurity, Persistent Cyber Training...
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Acoustic remote sensing of the ocean traditionally relies on controlled sound sources and active sonars. Alternatively, the seabed and the water column can be characterized acoustically in a surreptitious and environmentally friendly way using noise interferometry. Noise interferometry exploits ambient sound as a signal to probe the environment. Empirical acoustic Green's functions are retrieved from cross-correlations of diffuse noise that is measured concurrently by spatially separated...
Topics: noise interferometry, geoacoustic inversion, ambient sound
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Nov 27, 2021 Sheehan, Sarah A.
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Navy and Marine Corps personnel, engaged in support and training operations, face challenges to obtaining consistent sleep due to shiftwork and rotating schedules. Shiftwork has been shown to decrease sleep quality and quantity, which contributes to fatigue and degraded cognitive functions including decision making, alertness, reaction time, problem solving, and ability to learn. When shift changes are more recurrent, the human body must adapt to artificial time changes more often, thereby...
Topics: sleep, shift work, light, circadian entrainment, rotating schedule, watchfloor, performance,...
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Modeling and simulations can determine how an upcoming technology will perform in the real world. An interactive synthetic environment (ISE) can accelerate technology development and improve the acquisitions process by providing immediate feedback on a specific technology or configuration. With the advent of artificial intelligence and machine learning, a model can be trained to choose the best performing configurations that fit a particular mission set. However, there is no current framework...
Topics: interactive synthetic environment, ISE, mission, profiles, generation, modeling, simulation, Monte...
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Nov 27, 2021 Shigley, Paul
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This dissertation explores knowledge friction. The concept knowledge flow is defined by many researchers as the transfer of actionable information between individuals, groups and organizations. Knowledge Flow Theory (KFT) frames and offers tools for conceptualizing, analyzing, visualizing, and measuring knowledge flows. Recently, Nissen conceptualized explicitness-based resistance to knowledge transfer; he referred to it as knowledge friction. This study addresses additional factors that...
Topics: Knowledge Flow Theory, knowledge friction, knowledge transfer, clarity, relevance, explicit...
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Coactive Design is a process that addresses the increasingly complex roles that humans and robots play in modern digitalized systems. It analyzes the interdependencies between members in human-robot teamwork and optimizes interactive collaboration to support the team's overall capabilities. The process endeavors to provide designers and industry players with the necessary analysis tools and techniques to move the industry away from robot-centric automation in which the traditional goal has been...
Topics: Coactive Design, systems engineering, search and rescue, unmanned, human-machine teaming, HMT,...
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Nov 27, 2021 Strubel, Joshua D.
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Recent cyber-attacks on supply chains such as the large-scale SolarWinds attack are gaining the attention of cybersecurity experts. Supply chain attacks are growing in frequency and are taking advantage of the trust that organizations put in the dependencies of their supply. The machine learning supply chain is incredibly vulnerable to this category of attack because of the large number of dependencies utilized. We demonstrate a weakness in a machine learning supply chain by attacking the...
Topics: machine learning, software development life cycle, cyber security, model integrity
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The proliferation of unmanned aerial system (UAS) capabilities in the commercial sector is posing potentially significant threats to the traditional perimeter defense of civilian and military facilities. In particular, commercial-off-the-shelf UASs, which are small, cheap, and come with many functions, have sparked growing interest among hobbyists and raised risks to facilities. Consequently, facility commanders now need a methodology to conduct quick evaluation and analysis of immediate...
Topics: counter unmanned aerial system, system analysis, risk analysis, airport security, base security,...
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Nov 27, 2021 Schlessel, Max E.
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After a substantial investment in simulated decision-making technologies in the form of the Tactical Decision Kit (TDK), the Marine Corps is struggling to capitalize on that investment in a fleet setting as well as a schoolhouse setting. The system neither entices leaders to train their Marines nor does it allow trainers to utilize the full potential of an interactive synthetic environment (ISE), especially in a way that trains Marines by challenging them to perform tasks that are expected of...
Topics: interactive synthetic environment, tactical decision kit, Virtual Battlespace, VBS, decision...
This research investigates how communications Marines use a learning management system to 1) complement military occupational specialties training and 2) create a community of practice (CoP) for knowledge sharing and problem-solving. Will communications Marines utilize a CoP to support the community with communications issues, and can it also support continuous learning? First, the researchers observed Marines using Microsoft Teams by prompting discussion questions to solicit responses to...
Topics: Microsoft Teams, community of practice, CoP, learning management system, LMS, continuous learning
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Nov 27, 2021 Schulze, Joshua L.
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This thesis investigates the efficacy of U.S. security cooperation for advancing peace and stability in the Persian Gulf. It asks why the ongoing regional instability is disproportionate to the United States' investment. The thesis examines the U.S. relationships with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in the post-9/11 environment through two case studies and posits that dysfunctional partnerships have prevented the United States from achieving its foreign policy goals. The case studies...
Topics: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Persian Gulf, security cooperation, military assistance,...
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All computer network traffic can be associated with a specific signature based on a feature set within its metadata. There has been a significant effort in preprocessing data for machine learning for the purposes of transforming raw data into features that represent a large dataset and improve the accuracy of predictive models. This thesis develops a machine learning approach that can analyze and classify network traffic to determine the level and degree of secure practices within specific...
Topics: machine learning, deep learning, concept drift, intrusion detection, computer network security
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Nov 27, 2021 Washofsky, Alexander D.
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Honeypots (decoy systems) are effective tools to monitor cyberattack and intrusion attempts, but it is challenging to deploy enough of them to catch a sufficient amount of such activity. With cyberattacks on the rise, specifically those targeting critical infrastructure, better suspicious-traffic collection methods must be developed. This thesis explores the deployment and use of cloud-based honeypots within an open-source honeypot management framework, T-Pot. Instances of T-Pot ran honeypots...
Topics: honeypot, cloud, cloud server, T-Pot, deception, cyber defense
A decline of the Arctic sea ice in response to a warming climate is assessed in the historical sea ice simulations from state-of-the-art global climate models participating in Phase 6 of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP6). Accurate simulations of sea ice are important for projections of its regional and global effects on the air-sea exchanges, weather, and climate. The timing and rate of simulated sea ice decline is compared with available observations for sea ice area and...
Topics: Arctic Ocean, Arctic sea ice, Arctic amplification, Earth system models, global climate models,...
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Nov 27, 2021 Watson, Frank O., III
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Modern war-fighters use automated tools for provisioning complete and consistent information about entity locations in their operations and threat environment. Next generation software correlation tools will have to process millions of entities per day in order to enhance war-fighter situational awareness. Current software correlation tools fuse entity information using purely mathematical algorithms and methods that do not take into account divergent data source precision, limitations, and...
Topics: entity correlation, track correlation, fusion, data, governance
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Nov 27, 2021 Yang, Dongyu
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The proliferation of machine learning in image recognition and natural language processing applications comes with increasing risk of adversarial attacks. Such attacks can potentially spoof automated detection systems in our drones or defeat facial recognition systems and bypass automated security systems. Typical defense techniques involve long training times, which would not be viable in an operational setting. The thesis utilizes a novel superquantile-based formulation to train machine...
Topics: neural networks, machine learning, image processing, artificial intelligence, computer vision,...
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The Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) and Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) created the Arsenal Technical High School (ATHS) Fire Rescue Program (FRP) for juniors and seniors in the heart of Indianapolis. The program's goals are multidimensional—community outreach, a pathway to a high school diploma, and a recruitment tool. For 10 years, however, the IFD has hired not a single program graduate. This research examines the IFD's history of recruitment, government-issued consent decree, and...
Topics: diversity, fire service, recruitment, high school, early recruitment, teenagers, consent decree,...
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Nov 27, 2021 Updike, Andrew R.
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The purpose of this project was to compare the program manager preparation of uniformed officers in United States Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marine Corps, and then analyze acquisition outcomes. Entry-level requirements to become a program manager in the four branches were identified and similarities and differences were established. Cost and schedule performance datasets from 2017-2019 were analyzed using select acquisition reports managed by uniformed personnel. The Air Force ranked best in...
Topics: program manager, preparation, acquisition outcomes
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Sustainment costs are the largest portion of total ownership cost (TOC) for ships across the Department of the Navy. Driving down these costs through innovative approaches both in sustainment and acquisition will free up vital resources. This is important to enable reprogramming to support the Navy's shipbuilding goal. With budget constraints, efficiencies must be realized to deliver the battle force required to maintain our naval advantage. This thesis assessed Government Accountability Office...
Topics: Department of the Navy, DON, total ownership cost, TOC, Section 809, sustainment, acquisition,...