(a) EstablishmentThe Administrator shall direct the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (in this chapter referred to as “OAR”) and the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (in this chapter referred to as “OMAO”)—
(b) Coordination within the Administration
(1) Unmanned Systems Executive Oversight BoardIn meeting the requirements described in subsection (a), the Administrator shall—
utilize the Unmanned Systems Executive Oversight Board (in this chapter referred to as the “USEOB”) as the coordinating mechanism; and
ensure that OAR and OMAO address requirements throughout the Administration.
(2) IncludedIn utilizing the USEOB under paragraph (1), the Administrator shall ensure that representation on the USEOB is included from the following:
(c) Coordination with the Navy
(1) In generalIn carrying out this chapter, the Administrator shall—
make efforts to coordinate with the Secretary of the Navy to leverage expertise in the development and operational transition of unmanned maritime systems;
align with, utilize, and inform the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Operations and the Oceanographer of the Navy’s strategic and operational priorities, particularly for missions and geography within the Administration’s purview;
seek to utilize Naval unmanned systems test or training ranges, such as the Gulf of Mexico Unmanned Systems Test and Training Range of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, and maximize interagency cooperation and sharing of best practices; and
(D) to formalize coordination, execute a memorandum of understanding with the Secretary of the Navy that includes—
incorporating consideration of priorities and requirements of the Administration into research and development activities conducted by the Secretary of the Navy;
such other topics as the Administrator considers necessary or advisable, including mapping, bathymetry, observations, and ocean exploration.
(2) LocationThe Administrator shall, if practicable, carry out the activities authorized by this chapter at a facility where the Navy and the Administration are co-located, for the following purposes:
(B) Advancing development of unmanned maritime systems, including—
(d) Coordination with other Federal agencies
(e) Coordination with academic sectorIn carrying out this chapter, the Administrator, in consultation with the Secretary of the Navy, may coordinate and co-locate with an academic research institution, or consortium of academic research institutions, for the following purposes:
Maximizing opportunities for research and development of unmanned maritime systems.
Providing training in unmanned maritime systems as part of an accredited certificate or degree program of education.
Facilitating the commercialization of unmanned maritime systems through public-private partnerships that includes academic research institutions, private industry, and public safety agencies.
Arranging access to and use of additional facilities that support testing and assessment of or training with respect to unmanned maritime systems under environmental conditions of interest, increasing operational tolerance under such conditions, certifying operational capacity under such conditions, whether real or simulated, and training operators of unmanned maritime systems in real or simulated environments.
Facilitating engagement with other academic institutions with interest or relevant expertise in unmanned maritime systems.
Promoting information sharing between the academic, environmental, and military institutions to lead to more robust, mission-oriented unmanned maritime systems.
(f) Engagement with the private sectorOther than as described in subsection (e), the Administrator, in consultation with the Secretary of the Navy, may, in carrying out this chapter, to the extent practicable, coordinate and consult with the private sector—
to support the commercialization of unmanned maritime systems; and