Accession Number:

ADA513928

Title:

Some Musings on Test and Evaluation of Unmanned Ground Vehicles

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

OFFICE OF THE UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR ACQUISITION TECHNOLOGY AND LOGISTICS WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2008-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

4.0

Abstract:

The U.S. Department of Defense has come a long way in the last 5 years when it comes to fielding and employing unmanned ground vehicles. In 2003 with operations in Afghanistan, three Packbots were sent to the theater of operations to support cave reconnaissance. The systems worked so well that there were calls for more. Then came the idea of using ground robots to defeat improvised explosive devices. Experiences with these robots in theatre proved such a success that today there are more than 6,000 unmanned ground vehicles in the inventory, the majority of them serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. No doubt about it, ground robotics are and forever more will be part of the materiel that enables our Service members to conduct their missions. With such a rapid adoption of this technology, most of which was acquired through rapid means, it is worth taking some time to consider whether the Department is fully prepared to test and evaluate the new robotic systems that will be called for in the future. Key words

Subject Categories:

  • Cybernetics
  • Surface Transportation and Equipment
  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE