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Vice Adm. David Johnson: Navy Seeks to Maintain Technology, Maritime Advantage Via 30-Year R&D Plan

David Johnson
David Johnson

The U.S. Navy has begun to draft a research and development plan that seeks to build up technology capabilities that the service branch would use in the 2045 battlespace, USNI News reported Wednesday.

Sam LaGrone writes Vice Adm. David Johnson, principal military deputy to the Navy’s chief weapons buyer, said at the AUVSI Unmanned System Defense conference Tuesday the R&D plan is part of the military’s branch efforts to maintain and increase maritime superiority and technological edge over potential adversaries.

He told event attendees that the plan seeks to expedite development of novel technology platforms in six areas that include electromagnetic naval warfare, autonomous systems and materials, LaGrone reports.

The R&D strategy seeks to explore basic principles “like providing stealth and ensuring resilient high bandwidth communications and describing a number critical and specific long-term battlespace capabilities like autonomous, cognitive exploitation and decision support, all-domain energy harvesting, decoys and confusion generation technologies,” Johnson added.

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