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PODCAST: How the integration of autonomous systems is shifting the future of minehunting, Gene Cumm, Northrop Grumman

Gene Cumm

In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, host Phil Tarrant is joined by the director of international mine warfare programs at Northrop Grumman Corporation, Gene Cumm, to discuss how they are aiding the development of an autonomous future for the minehunting sector.



Cumm will define minehunting versus minesweeping, discuss the transition into an autonomous minehunting model that Northrop Grumman is currently implementing, and analyse its effectiveness compared with a more traditional method.

With the shift to an autonomous system having faced some challenges, Cumm will reveal how the company’s work with the Autonomous Warrior program last year has attracted an influx of interest from defence partners, how the technology is being shaped, and the opportunities available to SMEs should the Australian Defence Force implement the demonstrated technology.

Finally, Cumm will discuss the upcoming demonstrations in the Queensland area that Northrop Grumman will be involved in, and share his thoughts on the benefit of defence personnel seeing the system operate in their navy’s own waters.

Enjoy the podcast,

The Defence Connect team

Listen to previous episodes of the Defence Connect podcast:

Episode 160: PODCAST: Our role in the evolving region and the challenges for Aussie unis – Fergus ‘Gus’ McLachlan
Episode 159: PODCAST: Regional security and the Pacific Patrol Boat program – Barry Jones, AMC
Episode 158: PODCAST: Exports and the Australian Defence Force – Leon Notelovitz, Santova Logistics
Episode 157: PODCAST: Cyber security and the defence industry – Michelle Price, AustCyber
Episode 156: PODCAST: Replacing Australia’s ARH Tigers and AH-1Z Viper’s expeditionary capabilities – Javier ‘NERF’ Ball and Rowan Tink
Episode 155: PODCAST: Innovation in defence – how Australia stacks up, Nigel Whitehead, BAE Systems
Episode 154: PODCAST: Working locally to deliver world-class capabilities, Graham Evenden and Dion Habner, Thales Australia
Episode 153: PODCAST: Shaping workplace culture and behaviour, Stephen Becsi, Pulse Global
Episode 152: PODCAST: Evolution of cyber security, Matthew Gollings and Patrick Batch
Episode 151: PODCAST: Naval Shipbuilding Institute and what it means for the industry, Ian Irving, NSI

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