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US Navy Classifies Report on UAVs In Naval Operations

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Abbreviated Version of a Restricted Report

(Source: National Academies Press; issued April 25, 2016)

At the request of the former Chief of Naval Operations, the National Research Council (NRC)1 appointed an expert committee to assess the potential of unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) in enhancing future U.S. naval operations.

The Department of the Navy has determined that the final report prepared by the committee is restricted in its entirety under exemption 3 of the Freedom of Information Act (5 USC § 552 (b) (3)), via 10 USC § 130 and therefore cannot be made available to the public.

This abbreviated report provides background information on the full report and the committee that prepared it.


Given the complexity of the undersea domain, the breadth of missions identified for UUVs, and the array of distinct Navy communities with interests in UUVs, the committee was not surprised to discover disparate UUV development efforts across the Navy and contributing academic and private sector entities.

Recently, the Department of Defense and the Navy released several vision documents and roadmaps to guide the development and coordination of unmanned systems2 generally and unmanned undersea vehicles specifically.

However, many of the key communities are mission-based, and coordination of available platforms and vehicles, as well as component technologies, is challenged along mission lines. Despite these challenges, however, the committee identified several communities in which UUVs are operational to such an extent to consider them mainstreamed.

Consistent with the study’s terms of reference presented below, the report offers guidance to the Navy on the future potential of UUVs, including a discussion of missions, environments, and threats to assist the Navy in developing effective operational concepts, technological capabilities, and acquisition processes.

Click here for the abbreviated version of the report, on the NAP website.