• DARPA’s OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program envisions future small-unit infantry forces using small unmanned aircraft systems and/or small unmanned ground systems in swarms of 250 robots or more to accomplish diverse missions in complex urban environments. By leveraging and combining emerging technologies in swarm autonomy and human-swarm teaming, the program seeks to enable rapid development and deployment of breakthrough capabilities to the field. (DARPA)
    How drone swarms could change urban warfare [Commentary]

    The range of challenges in urban environments is broad. The enemy defender generally has the advantage. To take back the initiative, the Army should deploy current drone technologies to empower soldiers to address some of the fundamental challenges of urban warfare.

  • Dennis Moran is VP, Government Business Development, Harris RF Communications, and retired Army MG/former Joint Staff J6.
    Solving the challenges of change [Commentary]

    Change is not easy and what the Army has been undertaking with its network strategy can best be described as a paradigm shift. However, wideband technology is a game changer and we should sprint forward to put this capability in the hands of the war fighter. So how and why aren’t we closer to success?

  • Researchers from Virginia Tech demonstrate the shipboard autonomous firefighting robot or SAFFIR at the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO at Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 4, 2015. (Mike Morones/Staff)
    Getting — and staying — one step ahead

    Are existing policies and regulations impeding our military’s and intelligence community’s ability to respond and react in a near-real time manner that is a fundamental requirement today?