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Activity title

Multinational Capability Development Campaign (MCDC) Analysis on Autonomous Unmanned Systems (UAxS)

Activity Reference

SCI-330

Panel

Systems Concepts and Integration

Security Classification

PUBLIC RELEASE

Status

Planning

Activity type

RLS

Start date

2020

End date

2020

Keywords

Autonomisation, Autonomy, UAV, UAxS, UGV, Unmanned Systems with evolving level of autonomy, USV, UUV, UxV

Background

Unmanned Systems with evolving level of autonomy (UAxS) are emerging technologies and may have the ability to significantly alter current ways of military thinking and operations. An increased understanding about the future landscape of this technology and associated systems is needed to understand how they may be countered and specifically what new capabilities are required by joint, multinational and coalition forces. UAxS are proliferating and will be found in the future operating environment. It is expected that future conflicts will feature the use of UAxS against joint, multinational and coalition forces by state and non-state actors. There are unique challenges that will be faced in countering these systems.

Objectives

The aim of this Lecture Series is to present and discuss the analysis resulting from the Multinational Capability Development Campaign (MCDC) work on autonomous unmanned systems from 2013 to 2016. The overall goal is to understand how the present and future military operational environment may be affected by the application of UAxS and to consider the military implications for strategy, capability planning, and the conduct of operations. The results provide inputs to determining priority technology research, future capability requirements, and identify and explore key issues in military operational concepts of use. The objectives of this activity are to: A. Develop an understanding of future military operational environment affected by the application of UAxS. B. Consider the legal and ethical aspects and the military implications for strategy, capability planning, and the conduct of operations. C. Identify tradeoffs in design parameters (e.g., complexity, level of autonomy, need/desire for disposability, sustainability, etc.) that affect affordability. D. Understand how they may be countered and specifically what new capabilities are required. E. Prepare a final Technical Report of the ET activities and findings and make recommendations regarding follow-on (operational, technical and organizational) activities.

Topics

A. Operational aspects on UAxS with evolving level of autonomy (pros and cons, art of war revolution…) in support of future NATO operations. B. Legal and ethical aspects regarding UAxS. C. Education and training curricula for UAxS D. Experimentation (DTAG and CDAG) on UAxS E. Operational use of UAxS in air, land, sea domains F. Countering UAxS G. INNOVATION CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE as a hub for development of UAxS

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