Notes from the "Ground Day" (4 November)
of the AUVSI's Annual Program Review
Speaking at the AUVSI's Annual Program Review on Tuesday, 4 November, Major General Robert (Bo) Dyess, the Army's Director of Force Development (G8) related that:
The Army's budget situation is not as dire as it was two years ago, but the Service must (still) chose between force
structure sustainment, modernization, and training.
-- Army Science
& Technology (S&T) budgets have been protected in budget priorities, whereas other investment accounts have declined.
-- The Army is currently in review of the program budget request for FY16 and is
about to commence the POM build for FY17-21.
-- The Army's new Operating Concept identifies affordable interoperate autonomous and semiautomous systems as key emerging technologies.
-- The Army is taking concrete steps to move unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) programs,
including the Common Robotic System - Individual (CRS-I), which will provide a small UGV at half the weight and half the cost of the cancelled SUGV, into formal programs of
-- The Army is a "technology taker" -- rather
than a "technology maker" in the UGV arena, i.e., the Army will look to industry for solutions, rather than develop