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Marines aim to use IT against friendly fire

Despite military successes in the Iraq war, Marine Corps Lt. Gen. James T. Conway said he’s haunted by friendly fire incidents. At a time when the military has seen huge technological advances, Conway, commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force, said “it’s just criminal that there’s no solution” to the friendly fire incidents. “We’re demanding a technical solution to that,” Conway told a mixed group of military and industry participants at this year’s West 2004 conference, sponsored by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and the U.S. Naval Institute. “We came out of the war with that as our number one issue.” During the session, armed forces leaders discussed their immediate technology goals. Conway said logistics problems continued to plague ground forces. He said most of the issues were with in-transit tracking, but added that logisticians weren’t entirely to blame. He cited miscommunications among unit leaders as part of the problem. Coast Guard Vice Adm. Terry Cross, commander of the Pacific Fleet, said insufficient maritime communications technology is what keeps him up at night. Full Story

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