About the Book

While military drones have recently been highlighted as a revolutionary new technology that will forever change the conduct of war, the United States and other countries have been deploying such unmanned military systems for more than a century. Unmanned Systems of World Wars I & II unveils a forgotten past from radio-controlled battleships and B-17 bombers to paddle-wheel aircraft carriers. The fascinating journey back in time to well before the First World War documents the genesis of what promises to be one of the biggest paradigm shifts in the evolution of mankind. More than 500 illustrations—photographs, drawings, and plans, many of them never before published—accompany the text.

Unmanned Systems of World Wars I & II offers the first comprehensive historical and technical accounting of unmanned air, land, sea, and underwater systems. The book covers early wire-guided submersibles, tracing the development of power, propulsion, communication, and control up through radio-guided air, ground, surface, and subsurface vehicles.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Tethered Torpedoes
Chapter 2 – Unmanned Surface Vehicles
Chapter 3 – Wireless Submersibles
Chapter 4 – Unmanned Air Vehicles
Chapter 5 – Unmanned Ground Vehicles
Chapter 6 – Postwar Transition

About the Author

H. R. (Bart) Everett is a retired U.S. Navy commander and Technical Director for Robotics at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) in San Diego. In 1986, he established a pioneering in-house government program in robotic science and technology at this location, then the Naval Ocean Systems Center.

Active in the field of robotics for over 35 years, he has served in this position as Technical Director for the Idaho National Laboratory’s Advanced Unmanned Systems Development Program, Technical Director for the Army’s Mobile Detection Assessment Response System (MDARS) robotic security program, and Chief Engineer for the USMC Ground Air TeleRobotic System (GATERS) program. He was previously assigned as Director of the Office of Robotics and Autonomous Systems (SEA 90G), Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) in Washington, DC (1982-1986), with collateral duty as Special Assistant for Robotics for Vice Admiral Earl Fowler, COMNAVSEA.

Everett received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1973, followed by a master’s in mechanical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1982, where he developed the world’s first security robot, the fully autonomous ROBART I. With subsequent involvement in over 100 robotic development efforts with an emphasis on sensors and autonomy, he has 20 related patents issued or pending, and has published more than 125 technical papers and reports.

He is the author of three books with three more in progress, serves on the Editorial Board for Robotics and Autonomous Systems magazine, and is a member of Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), and the Coast Defense Study Group (CDSG).

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