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Team Members:  Keith Conley, Stephen Denning, Andrew Giovenga, Justin Sharpe, and Brady Aizen

PROBLEM TITLE: Future Marine Corps Autonomous Cargo Systems



Future Marine Corps operations intend to distribute smaller units to more disparate locations across the battlespace.  These operations create risk for current logistics distribution capabilities, which have not been designed to sufficiently support such dispersed and smaller units. The promise of autonomous cargo delivery systems seems to offer some solutions for this mismatch. As autonomy proliferates across the commercial sector, it is difficult to ascertain the best entry points for initiating development of autonomous cargo systems for Marine Corps logistics.


There are currently three lines of effort:

  • Delivering small payloads (such as blood or batteries) quickly and at great distances.
  • Delivering 50 lb payloads (such as water or ammunition)
  • Delivering 300 lb payloads (higher capacity for critical parts and boxes)




Design a water payload to deliver via autonomous cargo delivery systems in order to sustain smaller and more dispersed units.



  • Technical Thresholds: Systems should consider commercial market systems, for both traditional and non-traditional defense industry partners. Considered systems are not limited to a single domain (air, ground, sea).
  • Clarifying information: The goal is an informed and unconventional perspective for water delivery and what other items would be best delivered by autonomous cargo systems that would be necessary for sustaining smaller and more dispersed units through logistics distribution operations.


Headquarters Marine Corps Installations & Logistics, Next Generation Logistics (NexLog), Captain Chris Wood (christopher.j.wood@usmc.mil)