What is the Special Project Communications & Force Protection (SPCFP) Team?

The Special Project Communications and Force Protection (SPCFP) Delivery Team, part of the ISTAR Operating Centre, is responsible for the procurement, integration and support of complex force protection and communications systems for land operations. The core of its work is managing requirements in electronics, countermeasures, surveillance and communications. Reference Doing Business with Defence Handbook. Edition 24 (2018).… Read More

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What is the British Army’s Dismounted Situational Awareness Tool?

What is the Dismounted Situational Awareness Tool? The British Army has developed a new battlefield/operational situation awareness technology package known as the Dismounted Situational Awareness Tool, and has been “hailed a “game changer”” (Nicholls, 2018). This “battlespace management application” enables improved communication between the US and UK. The Android Tactical Assault Kit (Atak) – which is a… Read More

Operations: Linking Harmony, Communications, Trust & Experience

“Harmony in operations is created by the bonds of implicit communications and trust that evolve as a consequence of the similar mental images or impressions each individual creates and commits to memory by repeatedly sharing the same variety of experience in the same ways.” Colonel John R. Boyd (1927-1997) A United States Air Force fighter… Read More

Social Media & the Military

Research Paper Title New Media Warfare: Tweeting From the Front Lines. Abstract Whether referring to Hezbollah in the Israeli-Hezbollah War in the summer of 2006, Hamas in the Battle of Jenin in 2002, or the ongoing expansion of the “insurgency” across the Internet, new media has opened up traditional warfare to that of the virtual, and information —… Read More

A Commander’s Battlefield Knowledge: Leading from the Front or In the Rear with the Gear?

“It is of the utmost importance to the commander to have a good knowledge of the battlefield and of his own and his enemy’s positions on the ground. It is often not a question of which of the opposing commanders is the higher qualified mentally, or which has the greater experience, but which of them… Read More

Information Warfare: Now & 20 Years Ago

Research Paper Title Information Warfare: Combating the Threat in the 21st Century. Abstract As we approach the dawn of the 21st century, success of our national security strategy will depend greatly on our ability to combat the Information Warfare (IW) threat. Old paradigms regarding conventional warfare must change to incorporate this new form of warfare. Our nation’s… Read More