Decision Support for Dismounted Soldier Systems


  1. Lamoureux, T.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);CAE Professional Services, Ottawa (ON)
Combat Identification is a state of knowledge attained by a participant on the battlefield as a result of combining Situation Awareness (SA), Target Identification (TI), and Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs). Combat Identification is essential to the effective achievement of mission objectives and mitigates damage, casualties, and other negative consequences among friendly forces and non-combatants. This document presents the results of a review of currently available Combat Identification technologies that purport to be of use to the dismounted soldier (as opposed to aircraft, ships, or other military vehicles). These technologies are assessed against a descriptive model of the dismounted soldier and their task. Six categories of Combat Identification technology are identified. For each category an evaluation is made regarding the most suitable product for the dismounted soldier and recommendations are made for research and development work that could address limitations with the products in the category. This document concludes by summarizing the likely impacts on the soldier and making recommendations regarding the most fruitful areas for research and development for Combat Identification.

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Soldier systems, combat identification, situation awareness, target identificati
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2012-035 — Contractor Report (Final Report)
Date of publication
01 Jan 2012
Number of Pages
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