5. Combat Identification (Germany)
Description: The positive identification of friendly troops on the battlefield in order to reduce fratricide is one of the key goals for the Army's Force XXI.
Justification: There is a significant amount of research and development in the area of combat identification being done in Germany. The laser technology being pursued by the Germans is of interest to the U.S. Army for possible use by dismounted soldiers. Siemens is currently a leader in developing algorithms for sensor fusion and high speed processing, integration, and display of multi-sensor inputs. This has immediate application in situation awareness.
Implementation: Combat Identification data is being exchanged with the Germans.
Dr. Rodney Smith
Army Materiel Command
5001 Eisenhower Blvd
Alexandria, VA 22333-0001
Mr. Richard Pei
US Army CECOM
Ft. Monmouth, NJ 07703