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Piercing the Fog of War: Globecomm and the NATO Force Tracking System in Afghanistan

To support troops in Afghanistan, NATO developed a Force Tracking System (FTS) that could be used by all NATO units to share information and prevent friendly-fire casualties. The result was a first for NATO: a standard called the NATO Friendly Force Identifier (NFFI). The requirement called for vehicle-mounted systems with visual displays using GPS to track their own locations. The system would fully interoperate with the FTS units brought into Afghanistan by troops from the mission’s Participating Nations. Visual displays in each vehicle and in command centers used a common database to represent friendly forces on dynamic maps. The plan also called for equipping the vehicles and command centers with keyboards for the exchange of text messages.
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