Robotics Essay Contest Winners Honored
Department of Defense Office of Net Assessment Director Andrew Marshall hosted a ceremony on 9 December in the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes recognizing the winners of the Naval Institute’s 2010 Robotics Essay Contest, whose theme was “New and Enhanced Applications for Robotics in Military Operations.” The contest was generously underwritten by the Northrop Grumman Corporation.
The First Prize award of $5,000 and a Naval Institute life membership was given to Lieutenant James E. Drennan, U.S. Navy, for his essay, “How to Fight an Unmanned War: An Examination of Tactics in Robotic Warfare.” Lieutenant Drennan wrote, “While a human operator is just starting the tactical decision-making process, a robot evaluates millions of possible scenarios and selects the decision that produces the best outcome. This level of automation has the potential to mitigate risk by quickly and decisively waging war, while minimizing the probability of error.”
“From Unique Needs to Modular Platforms: The Future of Military Robotics,” by P. J. Neal, won the Second Prize award of $2,500 and a Naval Institute life membership.