"This paper deals with some recent work ongoing at [the Naval Postgraduate School], which attempts to show the utility of networked distributed vehicles for Maritime Interdiction, Riverine Operations, and related missions. We believe that these systems will be essential for dealing with the challenges in confronting these important National future needs. [...]. Maritime Domain Awareness requires new tools including the use of Autonomous Systems with Coordinated Autonomy for situational awareness, maritime interdiction, tracking and inspection. The use of aerial UAVs to provide video tracking support and subsequent target information to USV ships has been studied. Both in simulation and in experiment, our results are showing that this type of networked autonomous system of systems is both appropriate and possible. Many questions are still to be resolved including network performance for field trials, automation of assets that are proprietary where primary controllers cannot be modified, and integration of video tracking and control capabilities across platforms, and the network."
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