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Shaping future Naval warfare with unmanned systems, the impact across the fleet, and joint considerations
Author(s): E. Cliff Hudson; Gordon Johnson; Delbert C. Summey; Helmut H. Portmann Jr.
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Paper Abstract

This paper discusses a comprehensive vision for unmanned systems that will shape the future of Naval Warfare within a larger Joint Force concept, and examines the broad impact that can be anticipated across the Fleet. The vision has been articulated from a Naval perspective in NAVSEA technical report CSS/TR-01/09, Shaping the Future of Naval Warfare with Unmanned Systems, and from a Joint perspective in USJFCOM Rapid Assessment Process (RAP) Report #03-10 (Unmanned Effects (UFX): Taking the Human Out of the Loop). Here, the authors build on this foundation by reviewing the major findings and laying out the roadmap for achieving the vision and truly transforming how we fight wars. The focus is on broad impact across the Fleet - but the implications reach across all Joint forces. The term "Unmanned System" means different things to different people. Most think of vehicles that are remotely teleoperated that perform tasks under remote human control. Actually, unmanned systems are stand-alone systems that can execute missions and tasks without direct physical manned presence under varying levels of human control - from teleoperation to full autonomy. It is important to note that an unmanned system comprises a lot more than just a vehicle - it includes payloads, command and control, and communications and information processing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 September 2004
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 5422, Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology VI, (2 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.553027
Show Author Affiliations
E. Cliff Hudson, Office of the Secretary of Defense (United States)
Gordon Johnson, U.S. Joint Forces Command (United States)
Delbert C. Summey, Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. Panama City (United States)
Helmut H. Portmann Jr., Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. Panama City (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5422:
Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology VI
Grant R. Gerhart; Chuck M. Shoemaker; Douglas W. Gage, Editor(s)

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