C4iSR: Land

DSEI 2017: US Army eyes future autonomous capabilities for field commanders

12 September 2017

New technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) have prompted a new look at the tactics, techniques, and procedures for US ground forces, Dr Robert Sadowski, chief of robotics for the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC), said during the land capability conference at DSEI 2017.

Fully autonomous systems may change the nature of combat, Sadowski noted, but they are not likely to change the nature of warfare on the ground for the army.

The goal instead is to empower field commanders against a near-peer threat in an electronic warfare environment. The assumption is that ground forces may have to operate without the aid of GPS, radio communications, and co-ordinated fire missions – either from air or ground-based artillery.

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