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Shoot First, Improve Combat ID Later?

If any operational military problem requires a top-down solution it's fratricide, otherwise known as 'friendly fire'. Unfortunately, combat identification (CID) solutions are usually pursued from the bottom up, in piecemeal fashion. As a result, there are always holes in the CID umbrella. And as the umbrella gets larger leaks multiply, even as earlier problems are solved – or relapse. Richard B Gasparre reports.

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