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Maritime Systems

Manned and unmanned surface and undersea systems, including vehicles, robotics and supporting technologies

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03/11/2016
For decades, U.S. national security was ensured in large part by a simple advantage: a near-monopoly on access to the most advanced technologies. Increasingly, however, off-the-shelf equipment developed for the transportation, construction, agricultural and other commercial sectors features highly sophisticated components, which resourceful adversaries can modify or combine to create novel and unanticipated security threats. To assess this growing security challenge and identify specific potential risks, a new DARPA effort will ask experts across multiple disciplines to look at today’s bustling tech marketplace with an inventor’s eye and imagine how easily purchased, relatively benign technologies might be converted into serious security threats.
Unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) have inherent operational and tactical advantages such as stealth and surprise. UUV size, weight and volume are constrained by the handling, launch and recovery systems on their host platforms, however, and UUV range is limited by the amount of energy available for propulsion and the power required for a given underwater speed. Current state-of-the-art energy sources are limited by safety and certification requirements for host platforms.
For decades, U.S. national security was ensured, in part, by the simple advantage of a near-monopoly on access to the most advanced technologies. Increasingly, however, the barriers to entry that prevented widespread use of sophisticated technology have diminished as technical education has become available globally and consumer and hobbyist versions of sophisticated components have proliferated. T