Jerry Wohletz: BAE Develops Autonomous Tech to Support Warfighter Missions

Jerry Wohletz

Jerry Wohletz, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems’ FAST Labs, has said the company aims to continue development of systems designed to help military users collaborate with machines to make decisions.

“Autonomy technologies support the warfighter in any mission–on the ground, or in the air, sea or space–and span from the smallest sensor products to the largest enterprise services,” Wohletz said in a statement published Tuesday.

BAE has produced multiple unmanned technologies for defense and intelligence operations over the past two decades, including an autonomy software for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, U.S. Air Force and Navy’s Joint Unmanned Combat Air System program.

The Mitchell Institute presented on Capitol Hill a policy paper, titled “Manned-Unmanned Aircraft Teaming: Taking Combat Airpower to the Next Level,” which pointed to the defense firm’s history of supporting autonomous  technologies for government customers.

The institute proposed making fourth-generation aircraft autonomous to address pilot shortage and help warfighters implement new operational methods for unmanned wingmen.

BAE noted it believes the company’s Mission Effectiveness Augmentation System can help facilitate manned-unmanned teaming efforts to maximize aircraft survivability and performance.

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