The following is an excerpt from an article by Tom Termin of Federal News Network.
Among the more daunting scientific and engineering challenges in the government is the development of Navy vessels that operate without a crew on board. Neither drones nor autonomous ships, unmanned surface vessels (USVs), will form an important part of the Navy’s strategy of expanding its fleet in a way that’s lower cost, relative to manned ships, and more agile.
Capt. Pete Small, program manager for unmanned maritime systems, noted development of these systems is a tri-component effort of Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.
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Tackling Government Challenges Through Science and Technology, sponsored by Noblis, is a new Federal News Network podcast series highlighting how field experts are working to solve a mission-related challenge by applying science and technology. Listen to the first episode where Captain Pete Small, U.S. Navy, program manager for Unmanned Maritime Systems, discusses the Navy’s aims and strategies for vessels without crews on board. Listen Now >