Navy failing to make 'critical pivot' in unmanned investment

By Audrey Decker / October 5, 2022 at 12:14 PM
A Navy official says the service is facing challenges advancing unmanned systems due to risk aversion and congressional lawmakers who have parochial interests in capital assets. The service is at the “precipice” in its decision-making for its unmanned programs, according to Capt. Jason Weed, the commodore of Unmanned Undersea Vehicle Squadron One. Capital ships are aging and replacement costs are estimated to be $6 billion to $13 billion for aircraft carriers and fast attack submarines “while our unmanned systems cost...

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