17 Apr '15, 8am

Navy, Marines Seek Autonomous Drones

Navy, Marines Seek Autonomous Drones

NATIONAL HARBOR: Navy Secretary Ray Mabus may want to move drones to the top of his priorities, but what kind of unmanned systems do the Navy and Marine Corps want to buy? Don’t think Predator or even the Navy’s new 131-foot-wingspan Triton . Imagine a swarm of buzzing, scuttling or swimming robots that are smaller but smarter. While a human has to fly the Predator by remote control, these systems would make decisions and coordinate themselves without constant human supervision — perhaps without any contact at all. Brig. Gen. Kevin Killea “The key here is how those systems will communicate,” said Brig. Gen. Kevin Killea , head of the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory in Quantico. “For swarming to work, I don’t think we can be dependent on the RF [radio frequency] spectrum …. We’re seeing more and more every day that that’s vulnerable” — to jamming , to hacking , even to ...

Full article: http://breakingdefense.com/2015/04/termites-birds-swarms-...

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