Danish Defence Research Database


Danske fremtidsfortællinger om førerløse køretøjer

Student thesis: Diploma Thesis

  • Christian Ulrik Nielsson
Afgangsprojekt, (Diploma)
The modern and future operational environment is increasingly becoming more congested and contested. Adversaries are contesting all domains, the electromagnetic spectrum, and the information environment. In order to counter the increasingly more complex operational environment, the U.S. Army has developed the Multi-Domain Operation concept. Robotic and Autonomous Systems (RAS) are fundamental in order to realize the full potential of this concept. Improving sustainment with automated ground resupply is one of the areas where RAS can have a great impact. With these advancements in military technology and the potential benefits that comes with automated ground resupply, we must start addressing how technologies like autonomous vehicles can be implemented in the Danish army.
This project sought to establish which technology and organizational perceptions that are linked to the use of autonomous vehicles in the transport units in the Danish army. In order to do so actor network theory where applicated to analyses of inscriptions drafted by the U.S. Army and interviews with central actors of the transport units in the Danish army. Here I found that the general view of the transport units, is that autonomous vehicle has great potential regarding sustainment operations in the Danish army. Over time it could redefine how the organization is designed and how we operate within the transport unit. However, the preconditions needed for a successful implementation of autonomous vehicles in the transport units are currently not present. The technology is not yet mature enough to overcome the concerns and challenges associated with autonomous vehicles. Since Denmark is a small military state, that do not have the capabilities to overcome these challenges on their own, we need to follow the extensive research and development that is ongoing in the U.S. Further, Denmark needs to make a decision in relation to when an autonomous vehicle technology is mature enough and right for implementation in the Danish army’s transportation units.
Publication date9 Oct 2019
Number of pages53
Publishing institutionHærens Officersskole
Log in to Pure