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Outcomes and future research challenges of underwater glider technology from the Sixth Workshop on Military Applications of Underwater Glider Technology (6WMAUGT). Vicen-Bueno, Raúl ; Borrione, Ines; Wittwer, Stefan. CMRE-MR-2019-015. April 2020.
Under the sponsorship of the Innovation Branch at NATO Allied Command Transformation, NATO STO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) organized the sixth Workshop on Military Applications of Underwater Glider Technology (6WMAUGT). The workshop was held for NATO and NATO Nations from 12-14 November 2019 at CMRE facilities in La Spezia Italy. The 6WMAUGT joined more than 40 participants. The 2019 event resulted in a significant increase in the number of military attendees, denoting the great interest NATO and NATO Nations have in underwater glider technology and its applications for military purposes. Overall, participants represented 10 NATO Nations (BEL, CAN, DEU, ESP, FRA, GBR, GRC, ITA, ROU and USA); five NATO Bodies (NATO HQ, SHAPE/ACO, MARCOM, DACCC and CMRE); and 20 different institutions, organizations, and companies. This memorandum report provides the agenda, list of participants, abstracts of the presentations, and most importantly, the outcomes of the workshop. These outcomes aim at helping CMRE, ACT and NATO Nations to better define research and development activities regarding underwater glider technology in the near future.