The Army is developing and updating a small portable device called the Nett Warrior, which can provide soldiers with real-time, time-sensitive combat data. An updated Nett Warrior device or something similar will ideally help the Army gather, organize, and share incoming input from otherwise incompatible formats and standards.
An enemy drone or groups of maneuvering fighters approaching the attack from beyond the radar horizon may not be detected by line of sight radio frequency (RF) signals or radar fields of view. A surveillance aircraft, aerial drone node, satellite or fighter jet can detect the threat and be positioned to relay the information to individual soldiers on the ground. A Swiss-based military innovator called the Fischer Connector Group is building a small portable soldier device that is designed to speed up this process. It’s called Wearable Tactical Next-Generation Hub and was developed to collect all this incoming data and enable real-time exchange, comparisons, data transfer or AI-based analysis.
Video feeds, RF transmissions, and IP data packets sent over software programmable radios can arrive in a variety of formats or technical configurations, requiring engineers to create “gateways” or systems that convert, translate, summarize, or combine different streams of incoming data can.
One Fischer report describes this in terms of “a huge flood of available information flowing over commanders in a continuous wave. How is all of this information going to get to commanders in time to be useful? ”That is the basic objective of the hub.
AI is fundamental to this whole process. Because it can gather large amounts of information, you run analysis to bounce off a seemingly infinite database to solve problems, analyze data, and recommend solutions.
“Huge amounts of data coming in from different sources in different forms and contexts could simply flood commanders and employees and never provide actionable insights. The tasks of synthesizing data, identifying decision-making points and generating options are the domain of artificial intelligence (AI) applications … ”, says a paper by the Fischer Connector Group entitled“ The Connectivity Challenge ”.
An airborne mini drone helicopter, soldier thermal target sights, incoming electronic warfare (EW) signals, ground combat vehicles, surface vessels, and commanding control centers can all use different technical standards or IP protocols for data transmission. Therefore, the army and innovations from industry developers such as the Fischer Connectors Group have taken measures to create and optimize more technical synergies that enable a quick and secure exchange of information. This alignment of communication and data exchange, made possible by AI and computer adaptations, enables “convergence”.
“The notion of convergence is taking sensors from multiple services, multiple units, and using artificial intelligence to tie them to some type of command and control capability to transmit data very quickly,” said General John Murray, commanding general of the Army Futures Command, at a post-Project Convergence event Jan.
Once the incoming data arrives and is pooled, it can be organized, analyzed and processed by AI-powered computer algorithms that perform millions of functions every second. As Murray mentioned, that speed is made possible in large part by AI. Moments of relevance can be found instantly in limitless amounts of information that bounce off a large database consisting of a compiled library of details on previous scenarios and threat details, for near real-time analysis and identification of potential solutions or courses of action for human decisions – Doer.
Kris Osborn is the Defense Editor for the National Interest. Osborn previously worked at the Pentagon as a highly qualified expert in the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army – Acquisition, Logistics & Technology. Osborn has also worked as a presenter and on-air military specialist on national television networks. He has appeared as a visiting military expert on Fox News, MSNBC, The Military Channel, and The History Channel. He also holds a Masters Degree in Comparative Literature from Columbia University.