U.S. Army systems engineers conduct hardware-in-the- loop testing on a Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft. The Army is partnering with universities through memorandums of understanding to give students the knowledge and experience necessary to contribute to the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) field in the future.
People Are the Future
Of Unmanned Systems
The human dimension is the focus of military
aerial vehicle projects in partnership with academia.
BY RITA BOLAND
The U.S. Army is working to ensure the future of autonomous air platforms by reaching out to the emerging talent in the aca-
demic world. Earlier this year, soldiers
signed a memorandum of understand-
ing with the University of Alabama in
Huntsville to engage students with work
in this field as part of their education.
The program aims to develop an inno-
vative and prepared workforce in the
future. Graduates not only will have
had a more specific focus for their stud-
ies, but they also will be prepared bet-
ter for the job market. Shaping studies
now helps ensure that necessary skills
are available to and even present in the
Army later, according to officials from
both the military branch and the insti-
tute of higher education.