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Navy's New Unmanned Warfare Chief Wants Faster Technology Delivery

Navy brass are meeting now to prioritize development of unmanned technology for the fleet, the Navy's first-ever director of unmanned weapons systems said Friday.

Rear Adm. Robert Girrier, who assumed his newly created post last fall, told an audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies that the first projects for the directorate would in part be determined by sailors themselves.

"We put out a data call to the fleet. What are your primary gaps that you've got, needs that you think unmanned systems could help out in, please rack and stack those," Girrier said. "I got them before Christmas."

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