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Computer Assisted Passenger Prescreening System (CAPPS II) will use databases that already operate in line with privacy laws and won?t profile on race,.religion, or ethnicity.
The system was ordered by Congress after September 11th
Delta Airlines will try it out at three airports starting in March
A contractor will be selected soon to build a nationwide network
11 or 19 hijackers were flagged by CAPPS I, but were not searches because the system gave a pass to passengers who did not check their bags.
ACLU may challenge systems as a violation of privacy
European Commission has agreed to provide on airline passengers embarking in Europe. Data will be contained in the Passenger Name Record (PNR), including Credit Card numbers, dietary requirements, phone numbers, and comments
Global Positioning System on all vehicles will allow maps to include Blue dots for Friendly and Red Dot for Enemy Vehicles (for a common operating picture). Will be displayed on a digital screen similar to automobile GPS systems
Tactical Intranets will permit shared displays. Flanking action drawn on the screen of the commanders vehicle will be instantly transmitted to all other vehicles.
RF Tagging of Supply (FedEx like and called Precision Guided Logistics)
Upgraded M1A2 Abrams Tanks are equipped with computer, laser designators, and improved IR sights (which can operate as reconnaissance sensors and pass targeting information back to headquarters.
All information will be relayed to Pentagon via Satellite for realtime tracking of events.
Munitions will be guided by GPS and accurate to within 1 meter
Backbone of whole system is a worldwide secure computer network
In summary: Key drivers are precision and situational awareness
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