Navy Must Do Better Job of Sharing UAS Payloads: Officials
By DANIEL P. TAYLOR, Seapower Special Correspondent
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Navy has a lot of work to do when it comes to sharing the payloads — and the information they provide — carried by unmanned aerial systems across the domains, officials said at an April 10 panel at the Sea-Air-Space Exposition.
Rear Adm. David Hahn, chief of naval research, said that the Navy has a long way to go in this area. The payloads should be shared equally across the domains, but somehow it ends up going through a “box.”
“Once fielded, I have a set of clubs in my bag that somehow operators need to be able to use right-handed or left-handed, it doesn’t necessarily strike the ball real well, and it doesn’t operate in all conditions,” he said. “That’s got to get fixed through behaviors, because structurally it’s the same SYSCOMs [Systems Commands], same resource sponsors, same everything in place. So there needs to be a fundamental change in thinking in how we’re behaving and looking at the data.”
Rear Adm. James Kilby, director of warfare integration (N9I), said that the key to doing a better job at sharing is with standardization, which is “a path we’re on.
“We’ll introduce and require adherence to that standard so that we can ensure [that] that alignment is being created properly and correctly, and it’s not in a stovepipe,” he said.
Mark Andress, assistant deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare, said that in recent years the Navy has organized things so the payload is separate from the “truck,” pointing to Trident and unmanned underwater vehicle programs as examples.
“The government chose to take ownership of several aspects to separate trucks from mission systems — to own the critical aspects inside those mission systems,” he said. “And I think that’s going to be a huge payoff. It allows us to have that flexibility to integrate what we need in a much more agile fashion.”