Army Putting Finishing Touches on Robotics and Autonomous Systems Strategy

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December 19, 2016 | Originally published by Date Line: December 19 on

The Army is putting the finishing touches on its robotics and autonomous systems strategy, according to the director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center.

The strategy, expected to come out this year, is in “the final stages of editing now,” Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster told Defense News in an interview at the Association of the US Army’s Global Force Symposium. The ARCIC team is coordinating with the joint staff and other services to make sure its approach is compatible with joint forces’ autonomous development and that it also aligns with the deputy secretary of defense’s Third Offset Strategy to maintain overmatch, he said.

Robots and autonomous systems made their way onto the Army Training and Doctrine Command’s “Big 8” list of initiatives — unveiled at the AUSA conference this week — that it needs to develop to stay ahead of global threats and maintain overmatch against present and future adversaries.

The strategy, informed by some war-gaming and through an Army Warfighting Assessment at Fort Bliss, Texas, seeks to achieve “six main things” through the use of robots and autonomous systems, McMaster teased out.