News Articles with Category: Policy

Congress wants to get undersea unmanned vehicles just right

May 27, 2015 - via US Navy Lawmakers are calling on Navy Secretary Ray Mabus to assess the number and types of AUVs needed to most effectively execute naval missions.

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Secretary Of Drones: SecNav Mabus Creates Deputy Ass’t Sec. For Unmanned

April 15, 2015 - via US Navy 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.”

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NOAA establishes new panel to guide ocean exploration

November 13, 2014 - via NOAA NOAA expects the board will reinforce the relationship between ocean exploration and NOAA’s priorities to provide information and services to make communities more resilient and to invest in global observing systems that sustain and improve the environmental intelligence upon which our citizens and businesses rely.

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CNAS: Key Questions Remain in Unmanned Systems Realm

June 12, 2014 - via Center for a New American Security “The winner of the robotics revolution will not be who develops this technology first or even who has the best technology, but who figures out how best to use it,”

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The unmanned underwater future

April 9, 2014 - via Australian Strategic Policy Institute They’re being considered as key complementary elements to address several operational challenges navies currently face.

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DOD Looks 25 Years Ahead in Unmanned Vehicle Roadmap

December 23, 2013 - via US Department of Defense The road map describes the challenges of logistics and sustainment, training and international cooperation while providing insight on the strategic planning and policy, capability needs, technology development and operational environments relevant to the spectrum of unmanned systems

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2013 Unmanned Maritime Systems Essay Contest & Forum

October 9, 2013 - via USNI To encourage free and open exchange of ideas and a vigorous discussion on unmanned maritime systems innovation, the U.S. Naval Institute, with sponsorship from Textron Systems and Bell Helicopter, is hosting the Unmanned Maritime Systems Forum

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U S Department of Defense Directive: Autonomy in Weapon Systems

March 18, 2013 - via US Department of Defense The US Department of Defense has issued a policy directive on the use of autonomy in Weapons systems

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NATO Guidance for Developing Maritime Unmanned Systems (MUS) Capability

January 18, 2013 - via North Atlantic Treaty Organization This guidance aims to inform the capability development of Maritime Unmanned Systems (MUS), broadening beyond that currently being exploited by UAV into Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUV) and Underwater Surface Vehicles (USV). It covers likely attributes and tasks for MUS, and discusses some of the challenges in developing this capability.

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Greenert Issues Guidance

October 11, 2012 - via Inside Defense The memo calls for the development of new concepts that address how the Navy will maintain its undersea superiority through 2030 despite "adversary efforts, commercial endeavors, fiscal challenges and force structure limitations." The assessment should consider a range of undersea platforms, systems and unmanned vehicles as well as the networks that connect them

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Scientists ask for legal safeguards to keep their work out of court

October 2, 2012 - via Science Oil spill researchers have their preliminary data subpoenaed by BP.

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Autonomous systems face obstacles says Defense Science Board task force

September 4, 2012 - via Fierce Government IT Despite having a significant and positive impact on U.S. military operations worldwide, unmanned systems are underutilized due to "obstacles" within the Defense Department that are "inhibiting the broad acceptance" of these systems and DoD's ability to more fully realize their benefits.

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Technical, Legal Experts Discuss Role of Unmanned Maritime Vessels

March 21, 2012 - via U S Navy Participants discussed four main issues of unmanned maritime vessels: the status of various types of unmanned vessels, maritime "rules of the road", maritime zone issues and law of armed conflict issues.

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Budget Cuts Won't Hit Unmanned Systems, Panetta Says

January 6, 2012 - via Defense Daily Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said yesterday that funding for unmanned systems will be unchanged and in some cases increased, even as the Pentagon braces for some of its sharpest reductions in spending since the end of the Cold War.

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Drone-Ethics Briefing: What a Leading Robot Expert Told the CIA

December 15, 2011 - via Atlantic Last month, philosopher Patrick Lin delivered this briefing about the ethics of drones at an event hosted by In-Q-Tel, the CIA's venture-capital arm. It's a thorough and unnerving survey of what it might mean for the intelligence service to deploy different kinds of robots.

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The Terrorist Threat Beneath the Waves

November 2, 2011 - via Wall Street Journal The world's vast undersea energy infrastructure—oil and gas platforms, wellheads, pipelines and pumps—is now vulnerable to attack by cheap submarines and unmanned vehicles.

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U-turn by P. W. Singer

June 9, 2011 - via Armed Forces Journal Unmanned systems could be casualties of budget pressures

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Navy Chief Dreams of Laser Warships, Ocean-Spanning Robots

May 25, 2011 - via Wired.com Adm. Gary Roughead will leave the Navy in September. Until then, he’s got one big, overriding mission: make the seas safe for American lasers and robots.

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The Future of Unmanned Naval Technologies: A Second Look

May 13, 2011 - via The Brookings Institute A DISCUSSION WITH ADMIRAL GARY ROUGHEAD, CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS

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"Wired for War: The Science Fiction/Science Reality of Robots, War, and Politics in the 21st Century"

May 3, 2011 - via ONR His lecture, "Wired for War: The Science Fiction/Science Reality of Robots, War, and Politics in the 21st Century", kicked off the Office of Naval Research's Directorate of Innovation Winter 2010-2011 Distinguished Lecture Series.

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New Plan Outlines Ocean Research in 2030

April 22, 2011 - via National Academies Press This study was initiated to assist SOST in planning for the nation’s ocean research infrastructure needs in 2030 by identifying major research questions anticipated to be at the forefront of ocean science in 2030, defining categories of infrastructure that should be included in next-generation planning, providing advice on criteria that could be used to set priorities for asset development or replacement, recommending ways in which the federal agencies could maximize the value of ocean infrastructure investments, and addressing societal issues.

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U.S. Navy Looks To Expand Unmanned Systems

February 4, 2011 - via Aviation Week As the U.S. Navy refines and deploys several types of unmanned undersea and surface vessels, the service is still in the hunt for more rugged sensors, better propulsion systems and open-architecture host vehicles capable of deploying smaller unmanned systems.

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Congressional UAV Caucus Renamed the Unmanned Systems Caucus

January 26, 2011 - via AUVSI Yesterday, Reps. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-Calif.) and Henry Cueller (D-Texas) announced that the former Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Caucus will now be called the Unmanned Systems Caucus.

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European Unmanned Maritime Systems (UMS)

December 15, 2010 - via European Defence Agency EDA

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Robots, Ethics & War

December 15, 2010 - via Stanford Law School Related to my work here in robot ethics, the following is an advance look at my paper forthcoming in Journal of Military Ethics:

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Navy Wants More Unmanned Systems Controlled By Fewer Sailors Power a Main Priority

November 12, 2010 - via Inside Defense The Navy is hoping to decrease the number of personnel required to operate unmanned aircraft and submarines to a point where one operator could control multiple unmanned vehicles, according to Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughhead.

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‘Cutting-Edge’ Weapons No Longer the Holy Grail

November 11, 2010 - via National Defense In response to both real and perceived failures of the Pentagon’s research, development and procurement apparatus, Gates has directed an overhaul of the services’ modernization programs. His orders in a nutshell: They must deliver new equipment within a reasonable timeframe; and they must avoid the temptation of gold-plating and aiming for systems that are excessively complex and thus at risk of never seeing the light of day.

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UUVs Could Replace Fixed Underwater Sensor Network; C2 Needs Work

October 25, 2010 - via Inside the Navy Unmanned underwater vehicles may replace fixed undersea sensor networks and could eventually be weaponized, according to Navy officials, but the service has yet to set up a clear command and control chain to deconflict undersea assets.

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U.N. urged to set up panel on ethics of robot weapons

October 22, 2010 - via Reuters A U.N. investigator called on the world body on Friday to set up a panel to study the ethics and legality of unmanned military weapons

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How Does a Terminator Know When to Not Terminate?

September 27, 2010 - via Discover Magazine In the skies above Afghanistan and along the roadsides of Iraq, unmanned military machines are changing the nature of combat. These robots may soon be making life-or-death decisions themselves.

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Remarks by The President and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to the Department of Commerce Annual Export Controls Update Conference

August 31, 2010 - via White House/ Sect of Commerce Remarks by the President that will be delivered via videotape tomorrow, August 31, at the Department of Commerce’s Annual Export Controls Update Conference in Washington, D.C.

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AUVSI Update: Power Issues Hamper Deployment of Robotic Underwater Vehicles

August 26, 2010 - via National Defense The Navy wants to deploy robotic underwater vehicles to conduct anti-submarine warfare and counter-mine missions, but its plans are being held up by power problems that limit their endurance.

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Navy Chief: Tight Budget Will Curb Unmanned Developments

August 25, 2010 - via Aviation Week Fiscal constraints will be a major driving factor in the capabilities that the U.S. Navy will seek in unmanned vehicles in the coming years, says the chief of naval operations, Adm. Gary Roughead.

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