Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall met with scientists and engineers atÂ theÂ Army Research Laboratory to observe technologies that ARL currently develops under the Defense Department‘s Third Offset StrategyÂ to pursue new autonomous and artificial intelligence platforms.
The U.S. Army said Friday Kendall inspectedÂ projectsÂ the ARL views asÂ in lineÂ with the Third Offset Strategy.
KendallÂ also discussed DoD’sÂ efforts to update acquisition practices and investment strategies to supportÂ the future forceÂ and learned about ARL’sÂ Open Campus Initiative thatÂ aims to foster collaboration between theÂ laboratory and organizations inÂ academia, industry and government on research projects to supportÂ the Army.
Army neuroscientist Jean Vettel demonstrated a system that works to facilitate teaming functions betweenÂ humans and computers on activities such asÂ target identification, the Army noted.
Vettel’s team develops the human-machine collaboration technologyÂ usingÂ funds from theÂ Autonomy Research Pilot Initiative of theÂ Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Researchers also presentedÂ ground and air robotics that aim to exploreÂ new environments, share intelligence and supportÂ manned-unmanned interfaces.