Today’s Navy is faced with hard choices. In the past, trying times led to innovative and disruptive improvements in naval warfighting that became game changers, enabling the United States to prevail in combat. The Navy stands on the cusp of achieving a huge operational advantage through the use of unmanned and autonomous systems—air, surface, and subsurface.
However, the current stovepiped legacy approach to design, acquisition, and use of these innovative technologies will prevent the Navy from realizing their full potential. A unified strategy is needed for the future unmanned vehicle (UV) arsenal to achieve an operational advantage and maximize return on investment in a time of increasingly austere military budgets.