The IC4Us have quickly become an integral part of the Guard's mission. They broke ground in 2005 during Hurricane Katrina. The system was so impressive, Texas authorities requested them to support Hurricane Rita shortly after Katrina.
The IC4U Incident Commanders Command Control Communications Unit (trailer version for civilian
response) demonstrated that rapid response of integrated voice/data/video communications
combined with team effort - is the winning combination.
When Hurricanes Rita and Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, National Guard units from
California, Texas and Georgia were armed with a communications system that allowed them to
maintain contact with anyone, anywhere in the world -- despite almost total destruction of
An increased need for underwater security has resulted in an increasing reliance on a relatively new tactical weapon for the police: an unmanned submersible drone, often referred to as a remote-operated vehicle, or R.O.V.
Unmanned naval systems have also often been touted as a way to reduce the most expensive component of a Navy's budget - manpower - arguably a claim that has been hard to prove with some platforms. However, an ongoing U.S. Navy robotics program might actually live up to both of these expectations.