The Future of Unmanned Naval Technologies: A Second Look

May 13, 2011 - via The Brookings Institute

The Future of Unmanned Naval Technologies: A Second Look

Event Summary
On May 13, the 21st Century Defense Initiative at Brookings hosted Admiral Gary Roughead, chief of naval operations, for a discussion of the U.S. Navy’s use of unmanned naval technologies. Admiral Roughead, who addressed this issue at Brookings in 2009, gave an update on the development and integration of these systems into the current and future Navy force structure; the challenges that the Navy has encountered in deploying these systems; and the lessons learned to date. He also addressed the major operational challenges and benefits of new and rapidly evolving technologies and spoke to the doctrinal, legal and ethical questions that arise when using unmanned naval systems.

Abstracted comments on Unmanned Underwater Systems

"I’m also very pleased that we have been able to keep the press on in unmanned underwater systems. In the session that I had here a couple of years ago and in different venues where I have had the opportunity to speak about unmanned systems, I’ve challenged the technical community, the research community, the academic community to give us power in unmanned underwater systems. Safe, shipboard, long duration power is the coin of the realm. And I’ve been extraordinarily pleased with the response that we’ve received and some of the durations that we’re now beginning to see in that technology.

I’m also pleased with some of the tests that we have run with network unmanned underwater systems that I think will have the potential, if we do it right, of changing the underwater domain. So the fact that when we talk unmanned, we tend to look up in the sky, I look underwater, because that is an area where you can truly change naval warfare."

External link: http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/Files/events/2011/0513_roughead/20110513_naval_technology.pdf

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Author:ADMIRAL GARY ROUGHEAD Chief of Naval Operations