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20 September 2001 Department of Defense Joint Robotics Program
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The objective of the Joint Robotics Program (JRP) is to research, develop, acquire and field unmanned ground vehicle systems for the United States Armed Forces. 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 Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs). With regard to far term efforts, the JRP in cooperation with the Army sponsors a tech base program (Demo III) for autonomous mobility in unstructured environments. Last October, the Demo III program held a highly successful demonstration of autonomous mobility at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Prototypical countermine systems in Bosnia and user experimentation with reconnaissance UGVs continue to engender requirements in other mission areas. The overall progress of the JFP is reflected by the fact that the Army's concept for its Future Combat Systems program involves considerable use of unmanned ground systems. The author will update the conference on the considerable progress of the JRP, as well as other Department of Defense ground robotics programs.
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Michael Toscano "Department of Defense Joint Robotics Program", Proc. SPIE 4364, Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology III, (20 September 2001);

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