Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Putting a Crimp in the "Kill Chain"

Developers of command-and-control systems like the US Army's AFATDS like to talk about how information on a target (an Al Queda operative in a pickup truck is the stereotypical example) can be instantly wisked to a multitude of different weapon systems, any of which can then by employed at the touch of a button.

But the so-called "sensor-to-shoot kill chain" is not usually nearly as fast as all that. It can actually take hours, not minutes, for commanders using these systems to make their decisions on what weapons to employ and whether to use them at all, in part because their software doesn't provide information on how the intelligence is collected.

For more on this see "Red Tape Entangles the 'Kill Chain.'"


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