Comparison of Identify-Friend-Foe and Blue-Force Tracking Decision Support for Combat Identification

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Authors
  1. Bryant, D.J.
  2. Smith, D.G.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Technologies to support Combat Identification (CID) are rapidly evolving and may be deployable to dismounted soldiers in the future. Two experiments examined the effectiveness of Identify-Friend-Foe (IFF) and Blue-Force Tracking (BFT) decision support for dismounted infantry soldiers. Subjects played the role of a dismounted infantry soldier in a first-person perspective environment and engaged a series of simulated targets. Subjects attempted to engage (i.e., shoot) only those figures that were enemies. Results demonstrated that subjects performed better overall when they were able to use a Decision Support System (DSS) than perform the task without assistance. There was no difference in effectiveness of the IFF and BFT systems. Adding a 10 second delay to the updating of position information in the BFT dramatically reduced the effectiveness of a BFT, regardless of whether subjects knew about the delay or not.

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Keywords
combat identification, blue-force tracking, IFF
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-TR-2009-214 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Dec 2009
Number of Pages
48
DSTKIM No
CA034819
CANDIS No
534390
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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