Army's 'Kraken' puts data from many sensors onto one screen

The Army plans to compensate for the drawdown of NATO forces in Afghanistan with computerized surveillance technology that will boost perimeter security and for small units in remote outposts, according to an article in the latest issue of National Defense magazine.

Bagram Air Field, Camp Salerno and other military bases in Afghanistan soon will receive software that combines data from many sensors and then displays it on a single computer screen — which soldiers have nicknamed the Kraken, Col. Peter Newell, director of the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force, told the magazine.

Deployed forces have dozens of surveillance sensors – overhead and ground based – that help detect incoming rounds, but each system requires a separate computer system and a dedicated operator to watch each terminal. Kraken consolidates them into a single screen, said Col. Brett Barraclough, who oversees the integrated base defense program.

The Kraken software has been in the works for five years. “And now we’re deploying it,” Barraclough said. Eight kits are being shipped. “Bagram is going to be completely integrated within the next year,” he added.

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