Posted: 08/16/2013

This post summarises the discussion from Week 1. Click on 'Read More' to view. Can you think of anything we have missed? What does Autonomous Underwater Security Networks mean to you? System can achieve an outcome without human interaction. Interconnected. Mobile. Grid. Reduced reliance on communication links, reduced manpower. Autonomy can be extended to: tasking, processing, exploitation and distribution of data; managing own energy use (including exploiting prevailing environmental conditions, managing on-board processing and sensors). Where do you see NATO's role in supporting Autonomous Security Networks? Regarding C2 and Concept, along similar lines to MAJICC Concepts: Non-Technical interoperability: Policy decisions may mean not all the potential of these systems for interoperability will be used. First, Rules of Engagement/Legal/other constraints may prevent Nations from recovering, maintaining and launching another Nation's platform. Second, Rules of Engagement may also restrict how platforms can be used to exploit information provided by another Nation. Third, Nations may have reservations regarding how their platforms receive C2 when connected to a network. This might lead to separate cooperative cells' of platforms within the wider network. Fourth, different militaries could imply different concepts of employment, Tactics, Techniques, Procedures. Fifth, what about non-military actors participating in system? Technical interoperability: plug and play payloads (sensors); Common Ground Station, Open Architecture, ability to cooperate, underwater communications (optical, acoustic, Electromagnetic, protocols), multi-factor mission optimisation, energy efficiency, cooperation (sensing, communicating, adaptive sampling), mobility. Areas of study to address in plan: Review National policies, Rules of Engagement and CONUSE for similar systems in order to scope interoperability requirements and inform CONUSE and system architecture. Study what decisions can be safely and ethically delegated to autonomy and under what conditions. Study how to Test & Evaluate, Verify and Validate to trust' autonomy. Could an architecture be designed to accommodate different CONEMPS/CONUSE and TTPS? Review areas of technical interoperability, how mature are they, what remains to be solved? Resources: MAJIIC and Coast Guard UAS CONOPS, US Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap 2011-2016 Literature search: Other national Roadmaps