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Manned-unmanned teaming operations require seamless operation across all domains of warfare. For Group 4-5 UAS these operations include all phases of flight from takeoff and departure in a terminal area environment through tactical mission operations as well as arrival back to a terminal area and recovery. Autonomous technologies are required to seamlessly integrate into the airspace and securely coordinate with Air Traffic/Air Combat Controllers to increase safety and share situation awareness for nominal and contingency operations.
As systems exhibit increasing levels of autonomy, the overall verification and validation burden has increased. Assurance cases address this challenge by presenting an argument for the system’s appropriateness for its intended environment as well as a forum for tracking the various heterogeneous evidences that support the argument.
The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Autonomy Capability Team 3 (ACT3) is chartered to operationalize AI at scale through the development and application of an AI software platform. ACT3 needs to provide advanced applications that utilize autonomy and AI technologies against various Air Force problem sets. Given the need to re-use underlying technologies, a suite of base capabilities are required, with an initial focus towards specific use cases.