In this effort, we studied how automation can support logistics operations to help develop a strategy for Autonomous Logistics Operations that can support the emerging requirements of expeditionary forces. Additionally, we experimented with and successfully demonstrated the capabilities of autonomous logistical technology (autonomous forklifts, container handlers, etc.) to evaluate the current state of autonomous logistics in supporting more rapid deployment of forces into unimproved areas of operation. We identified technology gaps that exist impeding Autonomous Logistics Operations (ALO). The experimental portion of the effort used state of the art sensors, actuators and behavior controls, the experiment designed to perform ALO tasks during ideal and ever varying environmental conditions and to measure how well ALO entities can perform.



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