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146: Navy Unmanned

From: World Ocean Radio
Series: World Ocean Radio: The Sea Connects All Things
Length: 04:39

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Unmanned systems to meet the changing modern challenges of security at sea. Read the full description.

146_navy_unmanned_small For centuries, nations have manned navies to protect and conquer and to extend their political and financial power to all corners of the earth. Changing technologies, from sail to steam, wood to steel, and the evolution of weaponry have extended the offensive and defensive capacity of ships.

With the arrival of computers, miniaturization, and increased expense, a new phenomenon has appeared: the development of unmanned systems that more efficiently and effectively meet the changing modern challenges of security at sea.

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Piece Description

For centuries, nations have manned navies to protect and conquer and to extend their political and financial power to all corners of the earth. Changing technologies, from sail to steam, wood to steel, and the evolution of weaponry have extended the offensive and defensive capacity of ships.

With the arrival of computers, miniaturization, and increased expense, a new phenomenon has appeared: the development of unmanned systems that more efficiently and effectively meet the changing modern challenges of security at sea.

Broadcast History

WERU-FM, Blue Hill, ME; California Academy of Sciences/Steinhart Aquarium; KSER-FM, Everett, WA; Erie Maritime Museum, Mystic Seaport.

Transcript

146: The Navy, Unmanned

I’m Peter Neill, Director of the World Ocean Observatory.

For centuries, nations have manned navies to protect and conquer, to extend their political and financial power to all corners of the earth. England, for example, used the Royal Navy to express its imperial purpose, to exploit the ocean for its scientific, economic, and social aspirations. And so it has gone, in Spain, Germany, Russia, the United States, and most recently China, were the construction of fleets of ships have been both symbol and reality of national power.

It is a very expensive endeavor, taxing treasuries for costs of construction, operation, supply, maintenance, and replacement as technologies have changed from sail to steam, wood to steel, in the water, above and below, and with the addition of new weapons such as torpedoes and missiles that have extended both the offensive and defensi...
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Additional Credits

Peter Neill, host; Trisha Badger, Associate Producer

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