Armor & Mobility

MAY 2016

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Page 8 of 35 Unmanned Tech Solutions | Armor & Mobility | May 2016 | 7 Naval Weapons Unmanned Innovation industry, government and academia. And of course we cross- connect with our allies as well, always comparing notes on initiatives and common interests we need to address. It's a broad approach to ensure we're getting as much exposure and then tapping into the expertise and technology that's out there. UTS: Please speak to examples of coordinating with allies in the current climate. RADM Girrier: In regards to our allies, we have exercises that are periodic where we have opportunities for demonstrations. We have routine staff talks where we discuss common issues of common interest. So again, you have dialogue that is continuous; we practice and we address issues relating to common threats and those are good forums for us to exchange how we perfect tactical procedures, how we build things, how we build our concepts of operations. This is a continuous dialogue that provides opportunity for us and our allies. UTS: Please feel free to speak to any current/ongoing efforts/goals moving forward. RADM Girrier: This is a pretty exciting time. It's a new area and it's responsive to technology that's growing up all around us. The Nav y is absolutely committed to fully integrating our manned and unmanned f leets, and as we do that we're going to be doing it across all domains; it's in the air domain, it's in the surface domain, and it's in the subsurface domain. And on land as well, everything has a blue-green element to it. There's a Nav y-Marine Corp piece to it. As we continue to f lesh out this vision, think of it as a family of systems approach. So each of those domains I talk about, there's small, medium and large aspects to it. Think of this as these are tools that are helping the unmanned force evolve as a learning system that adapts continuously. All these investments are not to replace people, but to leverage human strengths, and really get the most from your Sailors and Marines. If you do this thing right, we are going to be able to see farther, understand quicker, act faster, and adapt continuously. That's the nature of the kind of force that we're building to, and that's a very powerful force. Unmanned fits into that across the board. These are not replacements at all. Think of this as a chance for humans and machines to collaborate. There are things that artificial technology can do very well, and there are things that humans can do very well. The architecture that we're putting together across all those domains, that's the future. When you team with machines, you're leveraging advances in autonomy and artificial intelligence. It keeps us in front.

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