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Wargames stress data sharing

Two ongoing wargames aim to prevent fratricide and improve data sharing between U.S. and coalition forces. The Combined Joint Task Force Exercise, which runs from June 12 to June 22 around the country, will test two devices in a live and computer-simulated environment in hopes of fielding the first combat identification to the battlefield. The Radio-Based Combat ID adds software to existing military radios and the Battlefield Target ID Device uses encryption so friendly forces do not fire on each other, said military statements. “These are mature technologies,” said Army Lt. Col. Bill McKean, operational manager for the Coalition Combat ID Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration program. “They have already undergone all the preliminary testing. This demonstration’s purpose is to accelerate the acquisition and fielding of capabilities to the warfighter faster than they would normally progress through the standard acquisition process.” Full Story

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