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The Navy Needs an Autonomy Project Office

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OPNAV Washington United States

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In recent years, the Navy has made notable progress in pursuing unmanned vehicles and their critical enabling technology, artificial intelligence AI. To outpace potential adversaries, however, it must build on and accelerate those efforts. It must embark on a major reorganization similar to those that enabled it to develop naval nuclear reactors, submarine-launched ballistic missiles, and the Aegis weapon system. In all three of those cases, the Navy created cross-functional, interdisciplinary organizations with personnel from the military, government civilian service, industry, and academia. These project offices were given the mandate and authority to research, develop, prototype, and operationalize transformational strategic capabilities. Establishing an Autonomy Project Office APO dedicated to delivering unmanned autonomous air, surface, and undersea vehicle prototypes would create unity of effort across the wide range of organizations, staffs, and commands within the research and development R and D constellation that have a role in this endeavor and would better harness the tremendous talent of U.S. engineers, scientists, and sailors.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Cybernetics

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