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Designing Adaptable Ships - Modularity and Flexibility in Future Ship Design


Year: 2016
Language: english
Author: Schank J.F. at all
Genre: Research papers
Publisher: Rand Co
ISBN: 978-0-8330-8722-5
Format: PDF
Quality: eBook
Pages count: 166
Description: In the face of challenges to acquire and support the numbers and types of ships needed to meet national security requirements in an environment of rapid change and shrinking defense budgets, this report explores the U.S. Navy's options for extending the service lives of operational ships by adopting the concepts of modularity and flexibility in ship design. These concepts can help to mitigate the risks of uncertain future missions and technologies to which ships will need to adapt, as well as potentially reduce modernization costs and/or initial cost.
The report examines the concepts of modularity and flexibility, technological trends, the current geopolitical context, and lessons from past incorporation of new missions and technologies into naval ships. It also provides a roadmap for future U.S. Navy modularity and flexibility efforts.

Contents

Table of Contents
Chapter One:
Introduction
Chapter Two:
Understanding the Concepts of Modularity and Flexibility
Chapter Three:
How Adaptability Influences Total Ship Life Cycle Costs
Chapter Four:
Technological Trends, the Geopolitical Context, and Historical Lessons
Chapter Five:
Roadmap for Future U.S. Navy Modularity and Flexibility Efforts
Appendix A:
Past Efforts Toward Adaptability
Appendix B:
Modularity and the DD G-51 Program
Appendix C:
Flexible Infrastructure
Appendix D:
USS John Paul Jones (DD G-53) Mid-Life Modernization

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