Modern military engagements increasingly take place in complex and uncertain battlefield conditions where attacks can come from multiple directions at once, and in the electromagnetic spectrum and cyber domains, as well. U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps dismounted infantry squads have been unable to take full advantage of some highly effective multi-domain defensive and offensive capabilities that vehicle-assigned forces currently enjoy -- in large part because many of the relevant technologies are too heavy and cumbersome for individual warfighters to carry or too difficult to use under demanding field conditions.
DARPA's Squad X seeks to help overcome these challenges and help ensure U.S. small unit dominance over adversaries in the decades to come. The goal of the Squad X Experimentation program is to design, develop, and validate autonomous system prototypes, equipped with novel sensing tools and off-the-shelf technologies, some of which were identified via the previous Squad X Core Technologies program. The technologies aim to increase squads' situational awareness, while the autonomous systems allow squads to increase their battle space and area of influence.
Squad X focuses its technology development in four key areas:
The resulting integrated systems would improve situational understanding of the multi-domain environment; optimize squad maneuverability via physical, cognitive and material resources; and shape and dominate the battlespace via synchronization of fire and maneuvering in all three domains: physical, electromagnetic, and cyber.
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