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Automated and Autonomous Systems for Combat Service Support: Scoping Study and Technology Prioritisation

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Technical Report

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Defence Science and Technology Group Edinburgh SA Australia

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Army Research and Development Request ARDR 160054 requires examination of the opportunities for employment and associated effects of autonomy and automation across Combat Service Support CSS functions. This report outlines the results of a scoping study, subject matter expert discussions and workshop, and use case development for automated and autonomous systems for CSS. The scoping study covers key concepts and trends, a technology scan, and identification of potential applications for logistic operations. The outcomes of the workshop with Army Headquarters personnel include prioritisation of the shortlisted technologies with the selection ofthe top four technologies for further research predictive analytics, last-mile logistics unmanned aerial systems, portable networked health diagnostic technology, and semi-autonomous convoys. Further discussions identify key information requirements and delimiters for the selected technologies. The report goes on to present detailed use cases for two technologies of interest semi-autonomous convoys and last-mile logistics unmanned aerial systems, including a use case for enhanced battle casualty care.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations

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