NPS students, under supervision of faculty members and through interaction with various stakeholders, will produce extremely high quality research to help solve the challenges faced by the Maritime Domain Protection Research Group. Upon graduation, students will return to their respective organizations where they will be able to apply their expertise in MDP in a very direct fashion and ensure that progress is made in actually implementing the vision laid out by the architecture design (including acquisition decisions).
Working with several MDP-RG researchers, NPS Systems Engineering and Analysis (SEA) students are coordinating a cross-campus integrated study titled Maritime Domain Protection in the Straits of Malacca. This project is focused on large ship and port security in the Port of Singapore and the nearby Straits of Malacca. NPS Systems Engineering and Analysis (SEA) students are collaborating with students from the Temasek Defense Systems Institute (Temasek) in Singapore. Temesek students are Singapore and U.S. officers participating in a special bi-lateral technological degree program.
The students are designing and assessing various system-of-systems architecture alternatives for countering threats to and from large ships in the Straits of Malacca, including: sensor suites, communications, command and control, and reactive forces for a coalition of nations. The SEA team is also designing and assessing ship inspection architecture alternatives for detecting explosive and dangerous materials in order to prevent a large cargo ship from being used as a terrorist vehicle. Robotic systems are being considered as a component of this ship inspection system. Findings of the Maritime Domain Protection in the Straits of Malacca study will be presented June 1-2 at NPS in Monterey. A final project report will follow the June presentation.
Additional student research efforts include: Considerations for an interagency command and control system for Maritime Domain Protection; Analysis of the vulnerability of Southern California infrastructure and its impact on First Marine Expeditionary Force deployability; Determination of common data tag requirements for a common Maritime Domain Awareness System; Assessment of the effectiveness of biometrics in merchant crew identification; Determination of orbit and scheduling for the space based radar to support maritime collection efforts; and Assessment of sensor effectiveness in various local environments against threat profiles.
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