Blue Force Tracking

May 1, 2015
By Sandra Jontz
Command Sgt. Maj. Alan Hummel, USA, senior enlisted adviser for the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, uses a Joint Battle Command-Platform system to navigate to his unit’s training on the Blue Force Tracking technology.

A crowd nearing 1 million strong masses downtown for a planned protest. The tension between protesters and law enforcement is palpable as the demonstration’s rhetoric is heated and bitter. Unexpectedly, the crowd shifts its location without first responders able to take immediate notice. Then it is too late. By the time officials note the crowd has moved, law enforcement and others are unable to reposition forces and preemptively hold back the horde from erupting into violence.

August 4, 2010
By George Seffers

ViaSat has announced a $477 million U.S. Army contract to supply the next generation of high-speed, high-capacity, low-latency Blue Force Tracking equipment as part of the Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below Program.

July 26, 2010
By George Seffers

ViaSat, Inc., Carlsbad, California, was recently awarded a $37.6 million firm-fixed-price contract to provide blue force tracking 2 (BFT-2) for Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2).  BFT-2 is the next generation of the BFT transceiver/network. With BFT-2, FBCB2 will have the capability to upgrade position reports in seconds rather than minutes, thousands of platforms will share a single satellites channel, resulting in reduced recurring cost, and icons on a computer screen will more accurately represent a vehicle's location. U.S. Army Communications and Electronics Command Acquisition Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.