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Manned-unmanned teaming (MUMT) has become an integral part and critical capability of the multi-domain battlefield.
The U.S. Air Force is looking to develop enabling technologies to help automate air force missions from the planning stages to post-mission analysis.
Contracts were awarded to two companies – Systems & Technology Research and RBR Technologies for the Science and Technology for Autonomous Teammates (STAT) program.
The STAT program seeks to develop and demonstrate machine autonomy technologies for multi-domain command and control; intelligence, surveillance, recognizance, and processing exploitation, and dissemination; and manned/unmanned combat teaming through human-machine teaming and autonomous decision making.
This project should result in technology demonstrations that could improve the Air Force’s capability to conduct missions in different environments while minimizing the risks to airmen, and enable the Air Force to operate inside of the enemy’s decision loop, researchers say.
This effort will demonstrate modular, transferable, open-systems autonomy architectures with software algorithms that will ingest and understand mission taskings and commander’s intent; respond appropriately to human direction and orders, and respond intelligently to dynamic threats and unplanned events.
Technologies will enable airman-machine teaming to reduce workloads without compromising mission effectiveness or deadlines. They will also enable autonomous systems to understand a commander’s mission requirements and adapt to changing circumstances, as reported by militaryaerospace.com.