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The science of autonomy: integrating autonomous systems with the ISR enterprise
Author(s): Gregory S. Creech
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Paper Abstract

Consider a future where joint, unmanned operations are the norm. A fleet of autonomous airborne systems conducts overwatch and surveillance for their land and sea brethren, accurately reporting adversary position and aptly guiding the group of autonomous land and sea warriors into position to conduct a successful takedown. Sounds a bit like science fiction, but reality is just around the corner. The DoD ISR Enterprise has evolved significantly over the past decade and has learned many a harsh lesson along the way. Autonomous system operations supporting the warfighter have also evolved, arguably to a point where integration into the ISR Enterprise is a must, in order to reap the benefits that these highly capable systems possess. Achieving meaningful integration, however, is not without its challenges. The ISR Enterprise, for example, is still plagued with “stovepipe” efforts – sufficiently filling a niche for an immediate customer need, but doing little to service the needs of the greater enterprise. This paper will examine the science of autonomy, the challenges and potential benefits that it brings to the ISR Enterprise and recommendations that will facilitate smooth integration of emerging autonomous systems with the mature suite of traditional manned and unmanned ISR platforms.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 May 2013
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8742, Ground/Air Multisensor Interoperability, Integration, and Networking for Persistent ISR IV, 87420H (22 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2017697
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Gregory S. Creech, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8742:
Ground/Air Multisensor Interoperability, Integration, and Networking for Persistent ISR IV
Tien Pham; Michael A. Kolodny; Kevin L. Priddy, Editor(s)

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