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Unmanned Vehicles and Autonomous Systems Working Group

The NAVSEA Warfare Centers established the Unmanned Vehicles and Autonomous Systems (UVAS) Working Group (WG) across its ten Divisions in September 2015 under the leadership of former NAVSEA Warfare Centers Executive Director, Mr. Donald McCormack, SES, along with then Deputy Assistant Secretary of Navy for Unmanned Systems, Mr. Frank Kelley.  Over the last five years, the UVAS Working Group's membership has expanded to over 1,000 representatives from across the Naval Research and Development Establishment (NR&DE), DoD, and its complex of partnering organizations. 

About the UVAS Working Group

UVAS Mission & Goals

Sustain a thriving high velocity learning enterprise that collaboratively exploits the NR&DE's collective technical capabilities to ensure Naval Forces and the Warfighter have the most reliable and cost effective unmanned systems practical through vital partnerships with DoD, industry, and academia.

  • Align UVAS Working Group objectives to National and Naval Force strategic objectives,
  • Facilitate collaboration across the NR&DE, DoD, Private Industry and Academia,
  • Enable demand signal, workload, and capacity sharing across NR&DE,
  • Accelerate delivery of UxS capabilities to Naval Warfighters by fostering One Team collaboration using High Velocity Learning principles,
  • Support UxS demonstrations and exercises, such as Advanced Naval Technology Exercises and Fleet Experimentation,
  • Develop, and explore for and experiment with emergent UxS enabling processes and technologies, and
  • Explore ways to strengthen the talent pipeline in support of UxS related capability.
UVAS Impacts

Our Impacts

Since 2015, the UVAS Working Group and its over 1,600 members:

  • Host weekly telephone conference calls focused on the advancement of Naval Warfighter mission effectiveness through greater use of UxS;
  • Supported nearly every UxS product in the Naval Force pipeline with subject matter expertise from Naval Air Systems, Naval Sea Systems, and Naval Information Warfare Systems Commands;
  • Partnered with the Sea Land Air Military Research initiative to accelerate discovery and help the nationwide community excel at the intersection of military, commercial, and academic research and development;
  • Supported the
    • Chief of Naval Operations' UxS Campaign Plan,
    • Department of the Navy's Intelligent Autonomous Systems Strategy Development Team, and
    • former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for UxS and his staff in developing the Department of the Navy's UxS Roadmap;
  • Provided critical UxS and enabling technology supporting rapid development and technology demonstration events to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation;
  • Developed directories of Warfare Centers expertise in Autonomy, and Modeling and Simulation to assist with targeting capabilities advancement;
  • Partnered with Naval Postgraduate School leadership to establish a Robotic Engineering Certificate Program to build a pipeline of future talent;
  • Assisted with aligning Warfare Center and Laboratory UxS roles and responsibilities to NR&DE‘s Virtual Systems Command Technical Capabilities Manual; and
  • Stimulated NR&DE cross-teaming and development of collaborative UxS sponsor support.

Additionally, the UVAS Working Group co-leads serve as senior advisors to support of Unmanned Maritime Systems Program Office portfolio, UxS enabling technologies, and Rapid Autonomy Integration Laboratory.