The Army’s effort to introduce unmanned vehicles into its inventory has slowed as the service’s budget tightens and questions remain on how the technology will be used.
During the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, when insurgents were attacking supply convoys, the Army made a push to develop driverless trucks. However, the technology never reached the battlefield.
Bryan McVeigh, force projection project manager, said it is vital that the benefits are fully understood before the Army commits its shrinking resources to autonomous technology.
“We haven’t proved that the juice is worth the squeeze yet,” he said in an interview with National Defense. “We have to demonstrate that the technology is mature enough before the leadership will allow us to commit … resources.”