Deep Sensing? The Viet Cong Pissed on That Long Ago.
Computers Still Can't Blow Away the Fog of War.
Close to the heart of the U.S. Army is a project called “Deep Sensing,” defined by Army Secretary Christine Wormuth as being the ability “to see and sense farther and more persistently, at every level across the battlefield, than our enemies.” Under this scheme, satellite images of a battlefield anywhere on earth will be beamed down and instantly fed into TITAN, (Tactical Intelligence Targeting Access Node) which will which in turn transmit the data to Prometheus, an artificial intelligence software program, which will automatically interpret the information and identify enemy targets. Said identifications will then move to yet another program, SHOT, (all this is happening in seconds, at least in theory.) SHOT, with no human intervention, then selects the appropriate “Blue Force” weapon system to attack the target, the decision being immediately flashed to the Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System, and a weapon of some sort is fired.
The Army is not alone in this complex endeavor. The Space Force has asked for $1.2 billion over the next five years to develop a “Long Range Kill Chains” program to track moving targets from space. The Pentagon as a whole is working on the Joint All-Domain Command and Control initiative, or JADC2, which is supposed to link all services, with information flowing without hindrance to and from land, air, sea, space and cyberspace, linking the entire military machine into one smoothly functioning whole.
What could possibly go wrong? Let history be our guide.
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