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Frank Kelley: Navy Eyes Unmanned Systems Integration With Acquisition Plans Through New Roadmap

naval drone stock photoA Department of the Navy official has said the service branch has started to develop a draft version of a roadmap that seeks to integrate unmanned technology platforms with acquisition, operational and programmatic plans, USNI News reported Tuesday.

Megan Eckstein writes Frank Kelley, a retired Marine Corps brigadier general and first deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for unmanned systems, said Tuesday at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International’s conference that the roadmap would include resource investment options and time recommendations to facilitate the integration of unmanned platforms with the Navy’s portfolio.

Kelley told AUVSI conference attendees that his office conducted three workshops to raise awareness on the roadmap.

The first workshop hosted in May at the Naval War College in Rhode Island focused on the potential applications of unmanned platforms in the 2030s, while the second workshop held in July in San Diego dealt with technical, policy and legal challenges to unmanned systems’ adoption, Eckstein reports.

The report also noted that the final workshop held in September at Naval War College discussed the development of action plans to address such challenges.

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