NWDC Guest Speaker Series: AI Expert Discusses Undersea Domain Perspectives at Norfolk Unit

Story Number: NNS200122-07Release Date: 1/22/2020 2:13:00 PM
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NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Capt. John McGunnigle, Undersea Warfighting Development Center (UWDC), shared his expertise on applying artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) to acoustics in the undersea domain with NWDC professionals here today.

McGunnigle took the lead on Project Harbinger in August 2018. “My presentation, ‘Doing AI,’ facilitates learning how to create tactical value to the submarine force,” he said. “My responsibilities are part of DoD efforts to ‘field to learn,’ bringing artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions to problems in the defense space.”

Project Harbinger developers proved that the time was right to leverage AI/ML, and McGunnigle was chosen to explore how to apply it to the undersea domain. The project is part of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD(I)) Project Maven.

McGunnigle is chief of staff and director of the Tactical Analysis Group at Undersea Warfighting Development Center in Groton, Conn. His career accomplishments include completion of two Western Pacific deployments and two Eastern Pacific deployments. His record includes an Inter-Fleet Transfer on the USS NEW YORK CITY (SSN 696), five strategic deterrent patrols, one Follow-on Commander’s Evaluation Test on the USS WYOMING (SSBN 742) and an Under Ice Inter-Fleet Transfer and special operations on USS JIMMY CARTER (SSN 23). In addition, the captain participated in ICEX 2011 at the North Pole, two surge deployments and a Northern Atlantic deployment on USS NEW HAMPSHIRE (SSN 778).

McGunnigle is a native of Boston, Mass, who graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. He earned a Master of Science degree in Operations Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif.


The NWDC Guest Speaker Series fosters discussions with thought leaders, naval scholars and other dynamic personalities to facilitate NWDC’s pursuit of rapid, game changing innovations. For more information or to submit a speaker request, please contact Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Jones, andrew.s.jones1@navy.mil, or Dr. Michael A. Brown Sr, PhD, michael.a.brown31@navy.mil.

NWDC develops and integrates innovative solutions to complex naval warfare challenges to enhance current and future warfighting capabilities. Command professionals are focused on operational-level concept generation, warfighting development and cross-domain integration to strengthen U.S. Navy warfighting.


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NWDC Guest Speaker Series: AI Expert Discusses Undersea Domain Perspectives at Norfolk Unit
NORFOLK, Va. - Capt. John McGunnigle, Undersea Warfighting Development Center (UWDC), Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, Ct., discussed AI and undersea domain perspectives with a group of Navy Warfare Development Command (NWDC) professionals here today. (U.S. Navy photo by Ian Delossantos/NWDC Released)
January 21, 2020
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