DARPA Wants to Accelerate Navy Robotic Ship Technology by a Decade

The US Navy needs to deliver robotic combat ships with conservative technologies that will work but DARPA programs can try to use risky technology. DARPA wants to integrate risky technology projects to accelerate the US Navy’s capabilities.

Maintaining separate lines of effort is important because DARPA has the freedom to fail whereas failure in an acquisition program has higher stakes.

The current backbone of the US Navy are Arleigh Burke Destroyers that are $2 billion ships wrapped around 96 missile tubes.

The US Navy will shrink from 102 large ships to about 70-80 by 2048 unless they can make lower cost but capable unmanned ships or determine how to make large ships more affordable.

Written By Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com