Task Force 59

Innovation of the Year

Task Force 59, launched in 2021, is the U.S. Navy’s first dedicated unit for unmanned systems and artificial intelligence. Operating in the Middle East, it focuses on integrating these technologies into everyday missions. This “digital fleet” includes drones and other uncrewed vehicles working alongside crewed ships. AI helps analyze sensor data, giving commanders a wider picture of what’s happening at sea. Task Force 59 aims to improve maritime security, awareness, and deterrence in a region critical for global trade.

Billy Mitchell

Written by Billy Mitchell

Billy Mitchell is Senior Vice President and Executive Editor of Scoop News Group's editorial brands. He oversees operations, strategy and growth of SNG's award-winning tech publications, FedScoop, StateScoop, CyberScoop, EdScoop and DefenseScoop. Prior to joining Scoop News Group in early 2014, Billy embedded himself in Washington, DC's tech startup scene for a year as a tech reporter at InTheCapital, now known as DC Inno. After earning his degree at Virginia Tech and winning the school's Excellence in Print Journalism award, Billy received his master's degree from New York University in magazine writing while interning at publications like Rolling Stone.

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