29 Jul '12, 1pm

As US troops drawn down in Afghanistan, Army will offset shortages of soldiers with computerized surveillance tech

As US troops drawn down in Afghanistan, Army will offset shortages of soldiers with computerized surveillance tech

Software that combines data from many sensors and displays them on a single computer screen — which soldiers nicknamed the Kraken — soon will be deployed at Bagram Air Field, Camp Salerno and other military bases in Afghanistan, says Col. Peter Newell, director of the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force. “Integrated base defense for small units is our top priority,” Newell says in an interview at the Pentagon courtyard, where the REF hosted a technology display July 26. The U.S. military is not completely leaving Afghanistan, says Newell. There will be fewer forces, but they will still need protection, he says. Small units in remote outposts, particularly, are isolated and lack the manpower to patrol the area. Commanders worry about these units being exposed to rockets, mortars, improvised explosive devices and suicide bomber attacks, he says. Deployed forces have dozens of surve...

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