While the US Navy (USN) is investing more heavily in unmanned systems the service is seeking to develop operational concepts for how those systems can be integrated into service operations and be counted as USN assets, said Vice Admiral William Merz, deputy chief of naval operations for Warfare Systems.
"We're very pragmatic," Vice Adm Merz said on 15 May during an event at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) think tank. "We're very evidence-based. We have to get them [unmanned systems] into the fleet in a hurry and see what they can do."
The USN, he said, is concerned about the robustness and efficacy of the systems, even as it budgets for unmanned platforms in all domains.