10 July 2000 Department of Defense Joint Robotics Program
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The objective of the Joint Robotics Program (JRP) is to conduct research, development, acquisition and fielding within the domain of unmanned ground vehicle systems for a wide range of military applications. The program is structured to field first generation systems, mature promising technologies and then upgrade capabilities by means of an evolutionary strategy. In the near term, acquisition programs emphasize teleoperation over diverse terrain, more autonomous functioning for structured environments, and extensive opportunities for users to operate UGV's. Autonomous mobility in unstructured environments i sthe main thrust of the JRP technology base. Recently, the Demo III program held a highly successful demonstration of autonomous mobility at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. Other successes with prototypical countermine systems in Bosnia, as well as soldiers' and Marines' experimentation with reconnaissance unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) continue to engender requirements in other areas. Users are developing requirements for UGGVs that convoy with manned vehicles; carry and deliver supplies; carry and employ weapons; can be carried in a backpack and conduct reconnaissance inside multi-story buildings. The overall progress of the JRP is reflected in the fact that Services have identified procurement funding to buy UGVs. The author will update the conference on the considerable progress of the JRP, which is preparing to provide our Armed Forces with a lead-ahead capability for the 21st Century.
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Michael Toscano, Michael Toscano, "Department of Defense Joint Robotics Program", Proc. SPIE 4024, Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology II, (10 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.391629; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.391629

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