On the civilian side, “I’m going to appoint a new Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Unmanned Systems,” Mabus said at the Navy League’s annual Sea-Air-Space conference here. On the uniformed side, the Chief of Naval Operations‘ staff will create a new section, N-99. Together, he said, these two organizations will “coordinate and champion…. all aspects of unmanned – in all domains – over, on and under the sea and coming from the sea to operate on land.”
The Proteus is unique, designed to be manually crewed or to function as an autonomous, unmanned underwater vehicle.
Open and coastal oceans are key areas to comprehensive understanding of our planet, from large scale events such as El Nino, hurricane formation and tracking, to long term events such as global climate change, to short term weather predictions of both the atmosphere and the ocean. They are also very important in defense and security applications. This conference is intended to cover the R&D efforts in the ocean and lake sensing community to provide better solutions to the overall science, industry, as well as defense and security market by addressing current technology and environmental limitations, system decision, and implementation issues, as well as new technology that may be applied to ocean sensing problems. Specifically, these include topics associated with in situ and remote monitoring of the ocean surface, water column, deep sea, bathymetric and benthic features, impacts on sensor performance and calibration, data assimilation, and forecasting.