Re: 'Tie-Fighter' training?

Arne G Carlsten (agc@PINE.CSE.NAU.EDU)
Thu, 2 Feb 1995 11:06:45 -0700

The issue of video games and technology with regard to warfare has been brought up lately.

On this subject, it's interesting to note that the US Army is currently
doing advanced R&D on the "Soldier Protective Ensemble" (SIPES) which
incorporates high-tech sensors (thermal imagers, microphones, low-light-level
viewing devices and so forth) linked to a communications system and a
location reporting system (GPS) that will allow leaders to track their
subordinates, see and hear what they're seeing and hearing, and so on.

Remote sights for weapons (for example, a thermal imager on the M16 that
allows the soldier to view a target on a display screen/faceshield, so he
can stick the rifle around a corner and fire accurately), remote control
of some weapon systems...

As of a couple years ago this system was undergoing in-the-field training,
though it's not expected to be in use anytime soon. I believe that the
name may have been changed from SIPES to some other Army-speak, but I'd
have to do some digging to check that.

Arne Carlsten
Anthropology and Criminal Justice
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, Arizona