Autonomy-Enabled, Optionally-Manned Vehicle Systems

Tuesday, September, 23, 2014

What is it?

The U.S. Army Tank, Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) provides engineering and scientific expertise for numerous Department of Defense ground system conceptualization, research, development, testing and evaluation, acquisition and sustainment efforts. TARDEC’s 30-year strategy provides an overarching framework to develop, integrate and sustain advanced manned and autonomy-enabled ground system capabilities for the current and future force.

The strategy is shaped through TARDEC’s enduring engagements with the Training and Doctrine Command, the U.S. Army Materiel Command and the Research, Development, and Engineering Command, the Army’s acquisition and program of record management community, many other science and technology organizations across DoD, other federal agencies, industry, academia and international partners.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army’s future force must be able and ready to be called upon for a variety of missions. It must be ready to apply land power/ground forces toward achieving strategic outcomes across the full range of military operations.

What has the Army done?

TARDEC is developing an understanding of how to leverage autonomy and autonomous systems - understanding not only the technological value of these new capabilities, but also generating user acceptance. Autonomous systems and autonomy-enabled manned ground platforms are enabling capabilities that provide force multiplication to warfighting functions and to large installations. These capabilities are major objectives of TARDEC’s research and development programs. TARDEC continues to collaborate with its partners to integrate technologies and develop advanced capabilities that improve warfighter effectiveness and efficiency.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

As the Army looks to the future, there is opportunity for the ground vehicle community to help shape the unique role of land forces in achieving national security objectives. The Army is aware of fiscal constraints and how they affect its actions, but cannot allow those constraints to define the end-state for which the Army is striving. The Army must work diligently and purposefully to shape future operational landscapes and, as a ground force, remain ready and resilient.

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