ment efforts to develop UGV components should be encouraged by the Navy and Marine Corps.

Recommendation: The Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition and the Chief of Naval Research should direct the Navy and Marine Corps Systems Commands, the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL) to partner with the operational community and monitor the concepts and development of critical autonomous vehicle-related technologies considered essential to the accomplishment of future naval missions. The progress of these developments should be tracked year to year. Specifically:

Pursue New Concepts and Technology Developments for Unmanned Ground Vehicles. The ONR should pursue a broad spectrum of research and development (R&D) on unmanned ground vehicles themselves and on their components. The R&D should range from basic research in sensors and sensor processing to field tests of complete systems. The Navy should continue to partner with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the Army, as appropriate, utilizing the capabilities of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command for these activities.

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