Logistics Automation Center of Excellence
Logistics automation technologies can enable efficiencies, enhance safety, and mitigate risk against worker shortages, particularly in the transportation industry where individuals, such as drivers, pilots, and mariners, face long periods away from home. Meanwhile, the U.S. military is pursuing the same technologies to support its warfighting capabilities. This movement offers the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Transportation (DOT), and NASA an opportunity to establish a joint center of excellence, similar in scope to the newly established joint General Services Administration and DoD Center of Excellence for artificial intelligence, to accelerate and expand the adoption of logistics automation technologies across the government and industry.
A Logistics Automation Center of Excellence would have the following benefits:
- Prevent duplication of research, development, and testing efforts, saving taxpayer dollars.
- Share best practices across the greater logistics automation community.
- Develop communication, safety, and operating standards jointly across all modes of transportation and logistics automation technologies.
DoD, DOT, and NASA missions are converging in several transportation areas outside of logistics automation, which could expand the scope of a center of excellence. For example, LMI’s future-focused research study for NASA is assessing the market and traffic management requirements for Upper Class E airspace. Some of the many use cases in this airspace, for military and commercial applications, include hypersonic missiles, supersonic and hypersonic passenger aircraft, and telecommunication platforms. As this airspace grows and matures over the next several years, it offers another chance for greater coordination across the government in the transportation space.
If you have a perspective on what automation means for the future of logistics and how the government can spur greater acceleration and adoption, please email Jared Andrews at email@example.com.