Navy Conducts Initial Human Studies of Tactical Battle Manager Technology

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March 27, 2017 | Originally published by Date Line: March 27 on

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory”s (NRL) Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence (NCARAI) has conducted initial human studies of the tactical battle manager (TBM) technology.

NRL’s TBM is a software system that deploys intelligent agents to guide unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that each serve as a ‘wingman’ in manned / unmanned teams, in simulated beyond-visual-range (BVR) air combat missions.

The TBM offers cross-platform coordination of both manned and unmanned air combat teams in order to function in highly contested environments, as well as enables human operators to manage the UAVs on a team by coordinating their objectives or goals.