Battlefield Information Systems

June 2004
By Robert K. Ackerman

A soldier in the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division inspects another soldier’s parachute before an air drop. Commanders may have a clearer picture of individual soldier readiness as a result of a new computer system that speeds vital deployment information up echelons of command.
A U.S. Army division looks to provide seamless link age across the information domain.

June 2004
By Maryann Lawlor

A platoon leader uses the Dismounted Data Automated Communications Terminal (D-DACT) to navigate to designated grid coordinates provided by device developers during final testing earlier this year. Upon arriving at the location, the platoon leaders sent back information about what they observed in the area.
Marines let a stylus do the talking.

June 2001
By Henry S. Kenyon

Manportable unit pushes mobile networking limits.

A prototype personal communications and situational awareness system may provide U.S. warfighters with an advantage in tactical combat. The device will link soldiers to a mobile voice and data network with the capability to share important information among individuals and entire units. A built-in inertial geolocation subsystem will enable troops to determine their location even if global positioning system signals are jammed or unavailable.