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Understanding Naval Autonomy's Opportunities and Challenges

Dr. Regan Campbell

Dr. Regan Campbell, General Manager, Autonomous and Advanced Naval Platforms, recently spoke with Kaitlyn Johnson of the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) on a podcast exploring Under the Sea and Surface Autonomy.

In the podcast, the two discuss the challenges and opportunities of naval autonomous platforms, including onboard data processing and threat detection, maneuverability, and the Navy’s ability to integrate these systems into its current force structure.

Campbell, who earned degrees from Georgia Tech, Arizona State and Embry-Riddle University, is a long-time U.S. Navy civilian who has worked as a major program manager, science adviser in the Office of Naval Research and acquisition professional.

Our naval autonomous solutions range from large development surface vehicle projects to small, off-the-shelf human-deployable undersea vessels.  Our artificial intelligence (AI) technology helps continue to improve our autonomous solutions.  Acting as a force multiplier, AI solutions rapidly transform vast amounts of data into salient information for autonomous operations and for tactical aids. These aids are used for navigation and maneuvering.

L3Harris is currently developing the U.S. Navy’s Medium Unmanned Surface Vehicle and its fielded unmanned solutions include the United Kingdom’s MAST-13 surface vessel, mine hunting surface vehicles, the Iver family of unmanned, undersea vehicles and commercial unmanned vessels that perform offshore ocean survey and environmental cleanup missions.  The company’s ASView Control System powers more than 100 autonomous vehicles at sea.

L3Harris’ proprietary Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV) use the AI-powered ASView to detect, track and assess other vessels’ intent, supporting real-time decisions required for autonomous operation and collision avoidance.  With ASView, manned vessels can even be converted for unmanned use.

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