“New Coast Guard Team to Flesh Out Unmanned Systems Requirements” –National Defense


MQ-9B Seaguardian during the maritime capabilities demonstration flight over Southern California waters in September 2020. GA-ASI picture.

National Defense reports that during a round table following the Commandant’s State of the Coast Guard address, he stated that the Coast Guard would be standing up an unmanned systems requirements office in headquarters. Unmanned surface and sub-surface systems will be considered in addition to air systems.

“We learned that the future of our unmanned systems strategy will most likely rely on more diverse systems and effective integration of machine learning to unlock actionable data for Coast Guard operators,” he said. “These are valuable lessons as we stand up an unmanned systems element within our Coast Guard requirements shop to consider how unmanned technology can augment our future fleet…It’s really a UxS office,” he said of the new group that will be set up to look at requirements.

Thanks to Lee for bringing this to my attention. 

2 thoughts on ““New Coast Guard Team to Flesh Out Unmanned Systems Requirements” –National Defense

  1. An here they are looking for someone to head the effort.

    R 161829Z MAR 21
    ALCGOFF 031/21
    1. An off-season CAPT assignment opportunity exists for a Captain or Captain (select) to serve as the UXS WORKING GROUP LEAD.The working group will create a holistic and multi-domain approach to UxS to ensure the Coast Guard can predict, deter, and counter adversaries; reduce the dull, dirty, dangerous, and distant demands on personnel; and ensure regulatory compliance with the Coast Guard’s maritime authorities. The billet will lead the development of the strategic vision for leveraging UxS across Coast Guard missions; layout a roadmap to accomplish that vision; and serve as a focal point for internal and external engagement. The position will oversee and coordinate a Working Group of over 50 CG and DHS S&T members. The anticipated report date is Summer 2021.
    2. Interested officers should apply via email to CAPT Jennifer Sinclair by COB 23 MAR 2021. Requests for consideration must include a command endorsement (via email) from the first flag in the applicant’s chain of command addressing backfill requirements and the acceptability of a potential gap. In addition, members in receipt of AY21 PCS orders must include a command endorsement via e-mail from the first flag in the chain of command ordered into.
    3. POC is CAPT Jennifer Sinclair at (202)795-6427, Jennifer.L.Sinclair@uscg.mil
    4. Internet release is authorized.

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