UXV DM Action Plans and Voting

Greetings UXV DM MMOWGLI Colleagues!

We have just a couple more days of Action Planning and a few excellent concepts are being developed! I want to see if I can clarify a few things, point out some successes, and offer some encouragement and guidance.

The schedule for the next few days:

Thurs-Fri = Polish up Action Plans

Mon-Tues = Vote!

1) Take a look at Action Plan 7: "Amazingly small propulsion systems and sensors for UXVs." This action plan is really getting developed well and is a great example of the kind of detail and content that makes for a good action plan. Notice that there are a lot of comments at the bottom, an excellent dialogue in the "Talk it Over" tab and it even has some images. Excellent job.

2) Leverage the "Comments" and "Talk it Over" capabilities within the Action Plans. Nobody is expected to be an expert in all fields, so use these interfaces to ask questions and guide the Action Plan in the right direction.

3) Really focus on the "Who is involved?" section of your plans. Call out Departments and Codes within Carderock, but also specific names of people who would be beneficial to have involved. Think about expertise needed, resources, and also funding sources.

4) Action Plan 9 is looking for expertise: "How can Navy keep up with rapid pace of innovation occurring in civilian UAV and 3D printing communities?" Click on the "Help Wanted" post-it note if you can lend a hand.

5) Even though we haven't officially entered the "Voting Phase" of the game you can start voting now! You can vote on action plans by clicking on the plan, then clicking 1,2, or 3 "thumbs up" under "Rate this Plan." You can always change your vote.

As always, please email or call me if you have any questions. Also let me know if you want to create action plan and I will initiate it for you!

Day 5 Blog

Mon - November 18, 11:00am via DCO: Richard Grylls, Optomec Inc, LENS General Manager Topic: LENS Technology - 3D Printing Titanium and Stainless Steel

DCO Link - https://connectcol.dco.dod.mil/uxvdm-present/

Optomec Inc. is a supplier of metal Additive Manufacturing (LENS) and printed electronics Additive Manufacturing (Aerosol Jet) systems.  Many machines have been used by the DoD for a wide variety of applications.

This presentation will give an overview of both these technologies, and describe current and potential applications within the defense community.

Have you been invited to author an Action Plan? 

Learn more about building action plans with this How to tutorial.

Today's Articles:

3D Printed Rocket Almost Ready for Liftoff

"Students at UCSD have successfully hot-fire tested a 3D printed rocket. This comes only months after engineers at NASA successfully test fired a 3D printed rocket of their own. This is a testament to how powerful 3D printing has become.

Named the Tri-D, the 7-inch long rocket features a unique injector plate and a regenerative cooling jacket to ensure the engine will not overheat. Powered by kerosene and liquid oxygen, the Tri-D generated 200lbs of thrust during its test this past Saturday in the Mojave Desert. What’s more, the entire cost for the rocket was only $6,800."

3D-printed Cortex concept scratches the itch of healing broken bones

"The only thing worse than breaking a bone is waiting for it to heal. During the healing process itself, wearing a fiberglass and plaster cast can be a stinky, itchy endeavor that is uncomfortable and inconvenient; all for an injury that is completely internal. Enter Jake Evill's Cortex concept. Beyond having an awesome last name, Jake Evill, a media design graduate of the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, has managed to modernize the ancient concept of a splint using 3D printing technology.

Utilizing X-ray technology, paired with 3D printing and scanning, the Cortex exoskeletal cast provides a fully-ventilated structure to heal broken bones. The system uses the scanning technologies to provide a "trauma zone localized" support structure. This scanning technique, combined with a software system, would create the optimum bespoke structure that allows denser support to be focused around the fracture."

Bluefin Robotics UUV cruises from Boston to NY --- in 109 operational hours

In a press release, Bluefin Robotics said: “The team mobilized the vehicle on the Boston Harbor Cruise’s, M/V Matthew J. Hughes, and deployed it outside Boston Harbor. To optimize for endurance and range, the vehicle traveled at an average speed of 2.5 knots at 10 meters water depth, resurfacing every 20 kilometers for navigation updates over GPS. Team members on M/V Matthew J. Hughes and onshore were able to receive vehicle status information over the Iridium satellite system. While the support vessel was available, it did not provide navigational updates to the UUV, leaving the system to travel completely autonomously. After 109 hours of operation and transiting over 500 kilometers through strong currents, the system successfully reached its end point in New York Harbor with 10 percent of its battery life remaining.”

Top 10 robots of 2012

"The U.S. military's drones – or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) – were probably the most talked about robots of 2012. Every other week it seemed there was some story or other that grabbed headlines around the world, giving them a rather nasty reputation. However, robotics technology is about much more than just killing machines and here are ten noteworthy examples from the past year that prove it."

Day 4 Blog

UXV DM Players,

At the close of day 3 we have played over 350 cards of great discussion.  Some may wish to dig down and really explore your concepts with the collaboration of other players.  This can be done with the creation of Action Plans which you can request to do here: http://portal.mmowgli.nps.edu/action-plan-request

Some things to keep in mind:  Action Plans are living documents that will change and grow as your ideas are fleshed out.  We do not expect full concepts or solutions at this point, just the start of more in depth conversation. 

If you have an interesting idea but it doesn't seem applicable, that's OK at this point.  Your unique idea might complement or accent another action plan later in the game. Remember, the goal is to come up with concepts that merit further investigation not finished solutions.  It may help, but not required at this point, to keep Carderock's technical capabilities and core equities mind. 

Technical Capability Number

Technical Capability Name

Core
Equity
Number

Core Equity Name

CD0l

Ship and Submarine Design and
Integration

Al

Ship Integration and Design

CD02

Ship and Submarine Acquisition
Engineering

Al

Ship Integration and Design

CD03

Ship and Submarine Systems Concepts, Technologies, and Processes

Al

Ship Integration and Design

CD04

Surface & Undersea Vehicle Machinery Systems Integration (Phil)

A3

Machinery Systerns & Components

CD05

Combatant Craft & Marine Corp
Vehicles

Al

Ship Integration and Design

CD06

Unmanned Vehicles Naval
Architecture and Marine
Engineering

Al

Ship Integration and Design

CD07

Hull Forms and Fluid Mechanics

A2

Hull Forms & Propulsors

CD08

Propulsors

A2

Hull Forms & Propulsors

CD09

Surface and Undersea Vehicle Mechanical Power and Propulsion Systems (Phil.)

A3

Machinery Systems & Components

CD10

Surface and Undersea Vehicle
Electrical Power and Propulsion
Systems (PhiL)

A3

Machinery Systems & Components

CDll

Surface and Undersea Vehicle
Auxiliary Machinery Systems
(Phil.)

A3

Machinery Systems & Components

CD12

Surface and Undersea Vehicle
Hull, Deck, and Habitability
Machinery Systems (Phil.)

A3

Machinery Systems & Components

CD13

Surface and Undersea Vehicle
Machinery, Automation, Controls,
Sensors, & Network Systems
(Phil.)

A3

Machinery Systems & Components

CD14

Surface, Undersea and Weapon
Vehicle Materials

A4

Structures & Materials

CD15

Surface and Undersea Vehicle
Structures

A4

Structures & Materials

CD16

Alternative Energy & Power
Sources R&D

A4

Structures & Materials

CD17

Liquid Waste Management, Science and Systems

A5

Environmental  Quality Systems

CD18

Solid Waste, Hazardous Material, and Radiation Technology Management, Science and Systems

A5

Environmental Quality Systems

CD19

Advanced Logistics Concepts and HM&E Life Cycle Logistics Support

A3

Machinery Systems & Components

CD20

Surface and Undersea Vehicle USMC Vehicle Vulnerability Reduction and Protection

A6

Vulnerability & Survivability
Systems

CD21

Ship Recoverability and Damage
Control

A6

Vulnerability & Survivability
Systems

CD22

Surface and Undersea Vehicle Underwater Signatures, Silencing Systems, and Susceptibility

A7

Signature & Silencing Systems

CD23

Surface and Undersea Vehicle
Non-Acoustic Topside Signatures, Silencing Systems, and Susceptibility

A7

Signature & Silencing Systems

CD24

HM&E for Undersea Vehicle Sail
Systems and Deployed Systems

A3

Machinery Systems & Components

 

Guest Speaker - November 15, 11:00am via DCO: Skylar Tibbits,Self Assembly Lab, MIT, Topic: 4D and Self Assembly

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"3D printing has grown in sophistication since the late 1970s; TED Fellow Skylar Tibbits is shaping the next development, which he calls 4D printing, where the fourth dimension is time. This emerging technology will allow us to print objects that then reshape themselves or self-assemble over time. Think: a printed cube that folds before your eyes, or a printed pipe able to sense the need to expand or contract."

Credit - TED video description via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gMCZFHv9v8

Today's Articles

What If 3-D Printers Had An “Undo” Button?

"True time travel may be a dream confined to Hollywood film scripts and Hermione Granger, but a group of grad students at the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles have harnessed the ability to fix the past when it comes to 3-D printing. Traditional 3-D printers create objects by incrementally printing thousands of 2-D layers, which makes going back to fix things impossible. That’s why Brian Harms, the lead designer of the Suspended Dispositions project, and his team created a freeform printer that injects ultraviolet-curable liquid resin into a tank of gel using a needle-thin print head mounted on a robotic arm. The resin stays in liquid form until it comes into contact with UV light, which means designers can retrace missteps, manually or robotically, and fix potential design flaws. It’s essentially like pressing an “undo” button."

3D printing help surgeons hone skills for real-life surgery

"In a partnership with a variety of specialty physicians including otolaryngology, neurology, orthopedics and now cardiac surgeons, Ginsberg is creating copies of human organs for surgeons, that he ‘builds’ from CT scans.

The DesMoines register reports Ginsberg recently created a tiny photopolymer heart for University of Iowa surgeon Joseph Turek.

“This way, they can hold the actual heart in their hand, the physiology of that heart, the rendering of that heart, and pregame the direction of the tools, the angle of the tools and how they’re going to attack different vessels,” Ginsberg said"

NASA's Rock Climbing Robot Could Tackle Everest With Ease

"Each of the robot's four articulate arms is capped with a gripper that uses 750 tiny claws—apparently all hand-crafted by JPL's summer interns—to grab onto rough surfaces like rocks. The claws are actually strong enough to hold the robot to a surface even upside-down, but in zero gravity there'll be less forces trying to break its grip."

 


LS3 - Legged Squad Support Systems

"LS3 is a rough-terrain robot designed to go anywhere Marines and Soldiers go on foot, helping carry their load. Each LS3 carries up to 400 lbs of gear and enough fuel for a 20-mile mission lasting 24 hours. LS3 automatically follows its leader using computer vision, so it does not need a dedicated driver. It also travels to designated locations using terrain sensing andGPS. LS3 began a 2-year field testing phase in 2012. LS3 isfunded by DARPA and the US Marine Corps."

How To Join DCO Presentations

It has come to our attention that it can be difficult to connect to DCO for the presentations each day. There are two methods. The first (suggested) is very simple. Simply click on the link:

https://connectcol.dco.dod.mil/uxvdm-present/

- When the window opens select the "Guest" radio button.

- Enter your First and Last name into the text field

- Click "Join Meeting"

- You will only be able to enter the room during the meeting time! (10:55am to 12:00pm)

 

The second method is much more complicated and requires you to establish a DCO account. This is highly recommended for all DOD employees because the DCO infrastructure is very powerful and useful for hosting meetings of your own! (it is also entirely unnecessary for the puposes of participating in these presentations) If you wish to open a DCO account follow this link:

http://www.dco.dod.mil

- Click "Accept"

- Click "Create Account with CAC", and follow the directions.

Day 3 Blog

Guest Speaker - November 14, 11:00am via DCO: Barry Ives, MC10 Inc.  Topic: Flexible Printed Electronics

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MC10 Inc. is a venture-backed advanced materials company based on the stretchable electronics technology developed by Dr. John Rogers of the University of Illinois. The company’s proprietary technology platform enables high performance silicon devices to become bendable and stretchable, ideal for developing sensors or circuits in conformal or space-constrained form factors for revolutionary military, medical device and consumer electronics applications.

With its current team, the company has built a government business that has three elements: 1) dual use opportunities for the DoD and other agencies to become customers for commercial products mc10 is currently developing; 2) government customers with new product needs that can be enabled by our technology; and 3) non-dilutive funding to support the further development of mc10 technology and the associated advanced manufacturing technology that will have strategic benefit to national security.

The Director of Advanced Programs supports and grow all three of these elements, with a particular focus on the third element of our government business: the identification and securing of government funded programs to advance our technology and advanced manufacturing capabilities.

To date MC10 has already secured multiple grants with different government agencies and successfully delivered on those programs. Success will be measured by the ability to leverage current contacts with the DoD and DoE and further grow our government business by identifying, securing, and executing new programs.

 

Download an NMCI friendly mp4 from MC10 below.

Today's Articles: 3D printed microbatteries, Printed Liquid Metals, Bio Inspired Sensors and Self Assembling Swarm Robots.

Tiny 3D-Printed Microbattery Offers Big Power

"3-D printers can now do more than make dust-collecting doodads. Researchers have developed a method of producing powerful microbatteries using these trendy contraptions.

Developed by a team of researchers at Harvard University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, these lithium-ion microbatteries are no bigger than a grain of sand but hold as much energy as their much larger counterparts.

"The electrochemical performance is comparable to commercial batteries in terms of charge and discharge rate, cycle life and energy density," said Shen Dillon, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "We're just able to achieve this on a much smaller scale.""

Terminator 2-style liquid metal can now be 3D printed

"It's not quite as advanced as in Terminator 2, but a way of 3D printing liquid metal could offer a new range of flexible electronics.

An alloy of metals gallium and indium that is liquid at room temperature forms a thin skin when exposed to air, which is strong enough to hold the liquid's shape.

"The fact that they are liquid means you could surround them with another material like rubber to make metallic structures that you can stretch and deform," says Dickey. This would be useful for creating bendy electronics. The team also created towers of liquid metal droplets, all held together by the skin, illustrating how the metal can form 3D structures."

Blind cave fish inspires sensing system for autonomous underwater vehicles

"Ordinarily, AUVs use cameras, sonar, or an underwater acoustic positioning system. Cameras aren’t much use in murky water, however – and a lot of the world’s water bodies are murky. Sonar and acoustics are better in such situations, but the hardware can be expensive, and taxing on the AUV’s batteries.

Instead, the system utilizes an array consisting of two rows of five sensors (yes, we know there are four rows in the picture – it's presumably two joined arrays). Each sensor measures just 1.8 x 1.8 mm and consists of a microscopic sensory pillar surrounded by hydrogel, that bends with changes in the water pressure. Combined with a computer vision system, the arrays reportedly allow Nanyang’s AUVs to create 3D images of nearby objects, and to map their surroundings."

'Terminator'-style cube robots swarm and self-assemble

"If you look down and see a series of colorful cubes crawling toward you, don't panic. It's not Tetris come to real life, but rather the creation of robotics researchers at MIT. The M-Blocks robots are cube-shaped modular bots with no external moving parts. Nonetheless, they can move, crawl over each other, and self-assemble.

The secret to the robots' movements lies under the skin. Each little cube hides a small flywheel that can hit speeds of 20,000 revolutions per minute. Magnets embedded in strategic locations help the M-Blocks stick together."

Day 2 Blog

UXV DM Players,

We had a great first day with over 200 cards of great discussion.  Today we have a guest speaker who will elaborate on cooperative unmanned systems between air and ground assets. 

Guest Speaker - November 13, 11:00am via DCO: Charles Pippen, Georgia Tech Research Institute, Topic: Cooperation in Robotic and Unmanned Systems

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Charles Pippin is a Senior Research Scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). His research interests include collaborative autonomy algorithms, machine learning, and multi-robot systems.  He received a MS in Computer Science in 2004 from Georgia Tech, and will complete his Ph.D. in Computer Science with the Georgia Tech College of Computing, in December 2013.

In his current work, he is studying issues related to task sharing, performance and trust on cooperative, multi-robot teams.  This work includes investigation both on indoor robot platforms performing patrolling tasks and on UAVs.  At GTRI, he has led a team of researchers to perform autonomous collaboration using GTRI’s research fleet of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), resulting in multiple successful field demonstrations of collaborative autonomy on both unmanned aerial and ground vehicles. He was also a team member on the DARPA program for Learning Applied to Ground Robotics (LAGR). 

NMCI friendly mp4 videos provided by Charles Pippin

 

Today's Articles: An MIT 3D printer that assembles interlocking parts, printed parts that can be digitally recognized, jellyfish hunting UXV's and a multimodal quadrotor.

MIT: Airplanes and bridges can be assembled out of 3D-printed Lego-like blocks

"MIT researchers have developed a lightweight structure whose tiny blocks can be 3D printed and snapped together much like the Lego bricks.

The concept arose in response to the question, "Can you 3D print an airplane?" The researchers, postdoc Kenneth Cheung and Neil Gershenfeld, director of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms, realized that 3D printing was an impractical approach at such a large scale. But what about 3D printing thousands of tiny, identical, interlocking parts?

"The parts, based on a novel geometry that Cheung developed with Gershenfeld, form a structure that is 10 times stiffer for a given weight than existing ultralight materials." write the researchers.

 

RFID be gone: Why you might soon be 3D printing the Internet of Things

"Fundamental to the Internet of Things is the idea that objects must be uniquely identifiable. RFID chips are perfect for assigning objects a digital fingerprint, at least so far as traditional manufacturing goes. But with the rise of 3D printing, incorporating an RFID chip into your object means interrupting the printing process. Now, scientists have come up with a way to 3D print a unique tag, called an InfraStruct, inside the object as it's being printed, and it's made possible by the slowly emerging field of terahertz imaging."

 

These Robots Hunt Jellyfish--And Then Liquify Them With Rotating Blades Of Death

"Killer robots are a dead serious moral issue. In its “Campaign to Stop Killer Robots," a global coalition is urging the United Nations to ban the emerging technology of weaponized drones that kill without human intervention. The hope is to forestall an age of “mechanical slaughter.”

But when the wrath of killer robots is aimed at a scourge to all of humanity--jellyfish--maybe there is a better case to be made."

 

IROS 2013: Quadrotor Wheel Can Fly, Float, and Roll

"One of the things that we love most about IROS are the completely novel robot designs that show up out of nowhere. MUWA or "Multi-field Universal Wheel for Air-land Vehicle" (and also Japanese for "Dream Ring") is one of these designs: it's a quadrotor surrounded by a circular piece of foam that makes it capable of (among many other things) balancing itself sideways like a wheel and rolling along the ground."

Some great articles shared by players on day 1

First Robot That Mimics the Water Striders' Jumping Abilities

"The first bio-inspired microrobot capable of not just walking on water like the water strider -- but continuously jumping up and down like a real water strider -- now is a reality."

World’s First 3D Printed Metal Gun Manufactured by Solid Concepts

"Solid Concepts, one of the world leaders in 3D Printing services, has manufactured the world’s first 3D Printed Metal Gun using a laser sintering process and powdered metals. The gun, a 1911 classic design, functions beautifully and has already handled 50 rounds of successful firing"

Payloads over Platforms: Charting a New Course

"We need to move from ‘luxury-car’ platforms—with their built-in capabilities—toward dependable ‘trucks’ that can handle a changing payload selection."

Welcome to the Unmanned Systems and Digital Manufacturing UXV DM MMOWGLI Game

Welcome to the Unmanned Systems and Digital Manufacturing UXV DM MMOWGLI Game!

We're excited you joined us in the exploration of these two promising technology domains.  The game structure will be a collaborative discussion about the intersection of UXV's & DM loosely placed in the context of a war game.  Every day we will provide interesting articles about some aspect of UXV's and DM along with a guest speaker for you to discuss, explore and utilize in game.  But please do not feel limited to the material provided here.  At its core MMOWGLI is a crowd sourcing engine, the more information players bring in game the richer the playing field.  Please share relevant information regardless of your level of expertise.

Want to learn more about how to play a MMOWGLI game?  Please download this short How To video Here

Nov 12 guest speaker recorded DCO session:  Scott Littlefield from DARPA

Mr. Littlefield joined DARPA's Tactical Technology Office as a Program Manager in October 2011 and specializes in advanced craft and unmanned vehicles in the maritime domain.  Prior to DARPA, Mr. Littlefield was the Director of Technology and Innovation for Carderock Division, where he managed the science and technology (S&T)  portfolio in Code 012 from 2008 to 2011.  Prior to Carderock, Mr. Littlefield managed S&T programs at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in areas including  ships and ship systems, unmanned vehicles, anti-submarine warfare (ASW) sensors and power and energy.

Discussion Topics:

The talk will focus on current manufacturing processes using a large surface vessel as an example and will identify the cost and schedule drivers associated with the current process.  It is hoped that this will identify potential areas for exploration that could benefit from application of new additive manufacturing processes.

Link to UXV DM MMOWGLI Presentations via DCO - Click "Login as Guest" and enter your first and last name and your code/command.

[DCO Overview Video] - This is a how-to video for DCO newcomers.

 

Today's Articles are about a flying wing that walks, how digital manufacturing is being explored within the Army and Navy and a unique sheet metal forming process created by Ford.

Flying Walking Robot Turns Wings Into Legs

"Multi-modal locomotion: It means locomoting in multi-modes, and that just means getting around in more than one different way. Most animals are multi-modal: they can walk and swim, or walk and fly. This isn't a coincidence, because there are clear advantages to being able to do move multi-modally, with capability and efficiency coming out near the top of the list. The disadvantage is that generally, you need a substantial amount of extra hardware for each mode of locomotion, but EPFL has managed to create a UAV that can use its wings to walk."

Photo Credit: IEEE - http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/aerial-robots/flying-walking-robot-turns-wings-into-legs

GIF Credit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlE-BzqjPc4

Why Is the Pentagon Dragging Its Feet on 3D Printing?

"Where 3D printing is being employed, it’s already making troops’ lives easier. The Army is launching “expeditionary labs,” self-contained spaces designed by its Rapid Equipping Force that hold manufacturing equipment including 3D printers and Computer Numerical Control machines. The first two labs were deployed in Afghanistan last year, and the third is being completed this summer. The labs allow troops to collaborate closely with engineers to quickly fix problems on the ground.

Kohlmann is overseeing an initial printer trial at Navy Warfare Development Command in Norfolk, Virginia. In the next year, he hopes to install printers on a carrier to help with medical instruments and prosthetics, but also “open it up to the crew at large” to see what they produce—he suggests non-mission critical objects like gaskets and gear clips, avoiding certification problems while fulfilling a vital, everyday need. Kohlmann’s ultimate goal is a database of digital models for parts that can be safely 3D printed. “This is a test bed to see what will happen,” he said."

Ford F3T technology cuts prototype process to three business days

"Through this process, a piece of sheet metal is clamped around its edges and formed into a 3D shape by two stylus-type tools working in unison on opposite sides of the sheet metal blank. Similar to a digital printer, after the CAD data of a part are received, computer-generated tool paths control the F3T machine to form the sheet metal part into its final shape to the required dimensional tolerances and surface finish.'

Low cost: Geometric-specific forming dies are completely eliminated, along with the high cost and long lead time associated with die engineering, construction and machining 

Fast delivery time: The technology aims to enable the delivery of a sheet metal part within three business days from the time the CAD model of the part is received. With the current technology, parts are delivered anywhere from two to six months using conventional methods – up to approximately 60 times longer than the potential turnaround time for F3T 

More flexibility: Once fully developed, F3T will help to improve the vehicle research and development process, allowing for more flexibility in quickly creating parts for prototypes and concept cars. Currently, creating a prototype die can take six to eight weeks, and developing a full prototype vehicle usually takes several months and up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. F3T could produce sheet metal parts for prototypes in just days for essentially no cost"

Photo & GIF Credit: Ford - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wl5_wUVxRvw

UXV DM MMOWGLI Game Invitation

The following letter is going out to invited participants in the uxvdm mmowgli game.


Dear Colleague:

You have been selected by the Disruptive Technologies Lab of NSWC Carderock Division to participate in an online war game project. We will be conducting a Red-team/Blue-team exercise to explore the intersection of two disruptive technologies: unmanned vehicles (UXV) and digital manufacturing (DM) on 12-26 November 2013. Your expertise is critical to understanding the potential of these technologies for the future of warfare. This is a fully funded war game – an NWA will be provided for 1-2 hours of game play per day for Carderock employees (additional for game masters). Please contact your branch manager to ensure your participation.

The session will be conducted using the MMOWGLI (Massive Multiplayer Online War Game Leveraging the Internet) software platform funded by the Office of Naval Research and developed by the Naval Postgraduate School and the Institute for the Future. This interface allows for a real-time crowd-sourcing and brainstorming where ideas can be expanded on and explored by all participants in a traceable and ultimately actionable manner.

We will be exploring all forms of UXV from aerial to terrestrial, sea and underwater. DM will include all technologies that enable us to go directly from data to finished product.

Astronauts try 3D printing in space Printing a full sized plane Leptron’s RDASS 4 UAS


The game will employ a Red-team/Blue-team format. We will explore both how the enemy might use these technologies to counter our capabilities and how we can use them to transform UXV warfare for the Navy of tomorrow. The ultimate goal of the game is to produce actionable future program concepts.

Please visit the UXV DM MMOWGLI game information portal at http://portal.mmowgli.nps.edu/uxvdm to learn more.

In addition, we are seeking a few motivated people to become Game Masters and help us shape and run this game. Game masters must be signed up by 16 October 2013 and will be provided with additional funding to support game master training.

To learn more about the UXV DM MMOWGLI game and become a Player or Game Master then sign up at https://mmowgli.nps.edu/uxvdm/signup

Please contact Paul Andron, Lead MMOWGLI Coordinator at (301) 227-8183, paul.andron@navy.mil or Garry E. Shields, Head of the Disruptive Technologies Lab at (301) 227-4654, garry.shields@navy.mil for more details.

Garry E. Shields
Disruptive Technologies Lab

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