Mapping Apps are Endangering Special Operators, [But ATAK is not on that List]

Here’s the article. Most of the article covers problems with APASS/KILSWITCH, and related hacking issues. The whole article is worth a read, but the most important news regarding ATAK is this: That more rigorously tested and widely trusted program across the military branches, according to interviews with active-duty troops, is the Android Tactical Assault Kit (ATAK), which was developed and …

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ATAK Integrates with Army CPCE, MCE

C4ISRNET Reports ATAK integration with CPCE, MCE: The Army is bringing two software products into the testing environment as the service changes its approach to its new vehicle-based common mission command system, the service’s program manager said. The Mounted Computing Environment will serve as one component of the Army’s eventual common operating environment, which envisions a suite of tools that …

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AF expands use of express licensing

From AFMC Tech Transfer news: Express licensing was chosen because it could quickly and easily get the technology in the hands of developers for broad distribution and further improvements,” said Oelkers. “One express license was completed in only 13 business days. Most traditional license agreements take months to negotiate and complete.” In the case of ATAK licenses, TechLink developed a …

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ATAK, AFRL Support Hurricane Relief (Twitter)

Our team supporting #HurricaneFlorence relief ops with our Android Team Awareness Kit mobile situational awareness tech. Providing visualization for #rescue team and evac locations, live aerial footage, hazardous area and #flood water overlays and geofencing. #AFRLTech #AirForce pic.twitter.com/C4UcaPhqJw— Air Force Research Lab – AFRL (@AFResearchLab) September 20, 2018 Our team supporting #HurricaneFlorence relief ops with our Android Team Awareness Kit …

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Army Integrates TAK, AI for C2

From Phys.org, written by ARL: An Army scientist recently won a best paper award at the Association for Computing Machinery’s 26th Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization for discovering that most people cannot distinguish between liking a user interface and making good choices. Dr. James Schaffer, U.S. Army Research Laboratory scientist stationed at ARL West, and his collaborators at …

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ATAK to Drive NATO Innovation?

The Strategy Bridge argues that ATAK can/should drive communication innovation within NATO by transforming communications.  Here’s an excerpt, but the whole thing might be worth a read: Innovative technologies that can effectively connect multiple NATO special operations forces, such as multilateral online and offline mapping, military radio controlling, text messaging, targeting, calling for fire, etc. already exist. Currently, the Tactical …

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CA Fire, CA National Guard Leverage TAK for Emergency Response

From DVIDS: MARCH AIR RESERVE BASE, Calif. –The 163d Attack Wing’s Hap Arnold Innovation Center (HAIC) has turned California wildfires into a crucible of American ingenuity. The brainstorming center of the California Air National Guard wing, which flies MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) from March Air Reserve Base, enabled technology forged in combat theatres to work for fighting wildfires …

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DARPA Integrates TAK & Advanced Tech for squads and first responders

From Defense Blog: DARPA announced on 3 August that it Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) program recently completed Phase 2 flight tests, demonstrating advanced algorithms designed to turn small air and ground systems into team members that could autonomously perform tasks dangerous for humans – such as pre-mission reconnaissance in a hostile urban setting or searching damaged structures for survivors following an earthquake. Building …

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