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Accelerator Autonomous last mile resupply strategic context - 23 may 2017

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Accelerator Innovation Network Event
Autonomous last mile resupply
23 May 2017
Strategic context

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Accelerator Autonomous last mile resupply strategic context - 23 may 2017

  1. 1. OFFICIAL Strategic context Autonomous last mile resupply Innovation network event - 23 May 2017 Defence and Security Accelerator
  2. 2. Robotics and Autonomy within the Army – where are we going?
  3. 3. The difference The military no longer leads the R&D field
  4. 4. The importance to the Army?  The UK government considers it important  Defence thinks its important  Our Allies think its important  Industry thinks its important  Our current adversaries think it is important  Our potential adversaries think it is important……..  And most argue that it will change society and the world The key is comparative advantage
  5. 5. The shifting dynamic • We need a more robust dialogue with industry • We need to present industry with opportunities to come forward with novel technology • We must tell industry what we need and be clear about our priorities, then commit • We must integrate ideas together and not be constrained by process – we must breakdown barriers and unlock innovation (AUSA Oct 16) The Hon Mr Eric Fanning, 22nd Secretary of the US Army:
  6. 6. Progress:  21 Nov 16 - Land Capability Industry Day.  19 Jan 17 - Terms of Reference endorsed.  Feb 17 - DSEI Land Environment Capability Conference (11 Sep 17) agreed. Theme: The future of Robotics and Autonomous Systems in the Land Environment:  12 May 17 – Executive Committee of the Army Board (ECAB) endorses Army Warfighting Experiment (AWE) 18 be focused as major RAS event. Objectives: ● Review military, government and wider industrial RAS research and development to inform and baseline an Army capability development agenda. ● Establish the requirement for underpinning RAS frameworks and architectures forming the basis of future coherent capability development. ● Create a Land Environment RAS development roadmap detailing. ● Determine and shape RAS legal and ethical freedoms and constraints for the LE within a wider Defence and Government context. ● Run a RAS Experiment in 2018. ● Determine ROM capability costs and potential insertion Decision Points within the Capability Investment Plan. ● Develop a coherent LE RAS strategic narrative for internal / external communication. Aim: The RAS Spotlight aims to identify how the Army can exploit developments in RAS technology through focused analysis, capability integration and experimentation to deliver affordable operational capability in the short- medium term (5-15 years). The Capability Spotlight
  7. 7. The way forward Capstone Experimentation Army Warfighting Experiment (AWE) (Autumn 18) ECAB Endorsement (12 May 17) Industry Engagement(s) (Jun – Aug 17) User Workshops DSEI Strategic Conference (11 Sep 17) Requirements Development 2016 2018 2019+ Exploitation 2017 RAS Capability Spotlight (Autumn 16) Generation of Evidence (Spring 18)
  8. 8. OFFICIAL Defence and Security Accelerator Defence and Security Accelerator Defence and Security Accelerator Thank you for your attention
  9. 9. OFFICIAL The innovation autonomy challenge and assured autonomous resupply Defence and Security Accelerator
  10. 10. OFFICIAL OFFICIAL © Crown copyright 2016 Dstl25 May 2017 We are making rapid progress Planning started in February 2016 to: • accelerate the application of autonomy to substantive defence and security issues • use innovative approaches with fast-paced demonstration and experimentation to engage developers and users, and rapidly progress to application • pilot approaches for the Defence and Security Accelerator
  11. 11. OFFICIAL LAUNCHED - assured autonomous resupply Innovation Autonomy Challenge LAUNCHED - autonomous hazardous scene assessment Three core themes were agreed to address International, cross-Whitehall and technology opportunity perspectives: DEFINED - intelligent autonomous counter-UAS
  12. 12. OFFICIAL © Crown copyright 2016 Dstl Public statements UK-US public announcement at Farnborough International Airshow 14 July 2016 Public announcements for Innovation Initiative, 12 August & 16 September 2016 “The UK and the US are speeding up the impact that robotic and autonomous systems can have on resupplying their armies by committing to a joint programme, announced UK Defence Minister Philip Dunne and US Under Secretary of Defense Frank Kendall today” “Today the department will also launch a new competition with the Home Office to challenge industry to design unmanned systems – robots and aircraft – that can assess hazardous scenes, such as chemical attack sites. These collaborative challenges will inform the development of the Defence and Security Accelerator”
  13. 13. OFFICIAL OFFICIAL© Crown copyright 2016 Dstl Vision: an ambitious 3-5 year framework to address key areas for the UK Armed Forces and the UK Logistics Defence Authority through testing autonomous systems applications in the field of Defence logistics for deployed operations. • systems used to deliver material to deployed forces • decision making technologies • command and control of the delivery assets • supply chain information management • intelligent resupply Assured autonomous resupply Current agreed scope for UK-US Coalition Assured Autonomous Resupply Challenge
  14. 14. OFFICIAL OFFICIAL© Crown copyright 2016 Dstl Vision: an ambitious 3-5 year framework to address key areas for the UK Armed Forces and the UK Logistics Defence Authority through testing autonomous systems applications in the field of Defence logistics for deployed operations. • systems used to deliver material to deployed forces • decision making technologies • command and control of the delivery assets • supply chain information management • intelligent resupply Assured autonomous resupply Autonomous Last Mile Resupply
  15. 15. OFFICIAL Aims to collaboratively accelerate, demonstrate and evaluate effective use of autonomous systems for coalition land tactical logistics applications • sequential demonstrations of the ‘state of the art’ technologies for tactical logistic operations ‘from the deployed base to front line forces’ • user evaluation and assessment of concepts and technologies for the development of coalition and national tactics, training and procedures (TTPs) • expedite transition of autonomous systems technologies from developers, labs and R&D centres and between coalition partners US/UK Coalition Assured Autonomous Resupply (CAAR) Challenge Image copyright of TARDEC / US DOD (C) Tardec & DOD
  16. 16. OFFICIAL US/UK Coalition Assured Autonomous Resupply (CAAR) Challenge US Convoy and Autonomous Last Mile (ALM) projects (TARDEC & ARDEC) UK Autonomous Last Mile Resupply (ALMRS) project 2017 2018 2019 CAAR2 Experiment Enhanced convoy capability & multiple UAS/UGVs CAAR Capstone Experiment (Planned) Integrated tactical resupply capability October 2018 October 2017 UK AWE18 CAAR1 Initial Experiment 8 vehicle coalition convoy October 2019
  17. 17. OFFICIAL © Crown copyright 2016 Dstl Aims to harness the advances in commercial logistics systems and services to develop, demonstrate and evaluate for tactical frontline military applications OFFICIAL UK competition Resupply at reach Emergency Battle Replenishment • reduce the demand on existing platforms and infrastructure • reduce the risk and burden on military personnel during forward resupply tasks • increase the efficiency of last mile resupply with through pace and accuracy • enable greater operational agility and flexibility in complex and contested environments
  18. 18. OFFICIAL The competition is on! • funding ~ £3M over 2 years • open networking launch event 23 May 2017 • competition closes 21 June 2017 12 noon • 6 month Phase 1 contracts placed mid-August 2017 • 12 month Phase 2 from April 2018 • substantive user demonstration and assessment in realistic operational environments through Army Warfighting Experimentation - AWE18 • ‘Phase 3’ – pull-through planning in on-going dialogue with Army HQ capability staffs
  19. 19. OFFICIAL Phased capability development timeline Phase 1 Phase 2 Potential Phase 3 Challenge 1 Unmanned delivery platforms Challenge 2 Vehicle autonomy systems and technologies Challenge 3 Logistics management systems and technologies Integrated Autonomous Last Mile Delivery Systems Down-selected Phase 3 System Demonstrator Key Outputs • Collaboration events -presenting aims, capabilities and challenges • Demonstration and assessment • Phase 2 proposal Key Outputs • System integration and test • Rigorous testing and evaluation • Demonstration (inc VIP) • (Potential) US DoD collaboration Key Outputs • System refinement • Test and evaluation in hands of user community • International Collaboration • Tests and evaluation in further environments Develop, build, demonstrate and evaluate prototype Systems Technology de-risk and collaboration to create system proposition Fielded system prototype opportunities for forward spiral development? 2017 2018 2019 AWE18 CAAR Capstone (Planned) CAAR 2CAAR 1 Demonstrated Systems Capability Prototype (min TRL6) March 2018 April 2019

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