The Role of Autonomy in DOD Systems – Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), robotics, tele-surgery, Haptics, Centibot, Swarmanoid, LANdroid, Remote Presence, UXV, DARPA Research, Space and Ground Systems
The DSB Task Force was asked about the role of Autonomy in DoD Systems to relevant technologies, ongoing research, and the current autonomy-relevant plans of the Military Services, studying help the DoD to identify new opportunities to use more aggressive autonomy military missions, to anticipate vulnerabilities, and to make recommendations for overcoming operational problems and systemic barriers to realizing the full potential of autonomous systems.
The Task Force concluded that, while currently fielded unmanned systems are making a positive contribution across DoD operations, autonomy technology is underutilized due to the physical obstacles within the department that inhibit the widespread acceptance of the autonomy and the possibility to realize more fully the benefits of unmanned systems.
In general, the Task Force found that unmanned systems a significant, positive impact on the DoD objectives are making the world. The true value of these systems is not directly provide human replacement, but to extend and supplement human can indefinitely persistent possibilities potential, making exposure to life-threatening tasks and are well designed, the high cognitive load currently the operators / supervisors.
Unmanned systems appear to have a significant impact on warfare are everywhere. The actual value of these systems is a direct human replacement is not to be provided, but in order to expand and to supplement human can in a number of ways.
Extend human reach of these systems by providing potentially unlimited continued opportunities without degradation due to fatigue or inattention. Unmanned systems offer the warfighter more options and flexibility to access hazardous areas, working on a small scale, or react with a speed and scale beyond human ability.
With proper design of limited autonomous capabilities, high cognitive load unmanned systems can also reduce currently placed on operators / supervisors. Moreover, greater autonomy to enable people to those tasks that are performed more efficiently by freeing the computer, including the synchronization of activity between multiple unmanned systems, software agents and warfighters-so people to delegate to focus on the more complex decision .