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[] Tödliche Küsse von der DARPA,

Die Welt der DOD-Akronyme ist wieder einmal grösser geworden: C4ISR wird
um ein "K" verlängert: K für "Kill".

DARPA developing killer tech

 BY Dan Caterinicchia
 May 27, 2002

Federal Computer Week

An office established last fall in the Defense Advanced Research
Projects Agency has added a key word to the traditional research area of
command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance
and reconnaissance (C4ISR): kill.

Richard Wishner, director of DARPA's Information Exploitation Office
(IXO), said his office is charged with developing technologies to find,
precisely identify, track and kill targets. And it recently coined the
phrase C4KISR (pronounced C4-Kisser), he said.

Wishner said the IXO's goal is to provide warfighters with as much as
information as possible as quickly as possible to accurately assess a
situation and, when necessary, kill the enemy. The office plans to do
that through a web of affordable intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance sensors to cut down on the lag time between the current
steps of find, fix, track, target, engage and assess.

"The idea is to anticipate finding a target and having the appropriate
weapons in the area," Wishner said during his presentation at the
International Quality and Productivity Center's Network Centric Warfare
2002 conference in Arlington, Va., last week. "We want to have a sensor
in the enemy's face," unless they're in "deep hide."

 The IXO is exploring many technologies to achieve its C4KISR mission
and is attempting to rapidly move useful tools to soldiers through early
experimentation, he said.

Wishner detailed three technologies that the DARPA office is pursuing:

 * Affordable Moving Surface Target Engagement (AMSTE). This is IXO's
largest program. It's a system-of-systems approach coupling sensors to
precision weapons. The goal is to find a target from a long distance and
engage quickly. The challenges include accuracy, maintenance and
affordability. AMSTE was demonstrated successfully last summer.

 * Advanced Tactical Targeting Technology (AT3). This is a series of
networked threat warning receivers designed to provide rapid
geo-location of a target within 50 meters, within 10 seconds of the
first intercept. The idea is to replace the current generation of radar
warning receivers with these boxes, but network management and multipath
issues remain challenges. A real-time test aboard three T-39 aircraft is
planned for this summer.

 * Tactical Targeting Network Technology (TTNT). This is envisioned as a
multiplatform tactical sensor system with networked communications,
providomg more bandwidth sensor-to-sensor and sensor-to-shooter. This
program is in its early stages, but lab demonstrations have made the IXO
think it is achievable, multiple contractor concepts are being
considered. TTNT will co-exist with the current Link 16 tactical data
link system, a high capacity, secure digital communications system that
supplies near-real-time data and links tactical commanders to shooters
in the air, on the ground and at sea.

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