Friendly Force Tracking

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

What is it?

Friendly Force Tracking (FFT) provides commanders with situational awareness and command and control capabilities for forces employed on the battlefield and is displayed on the common operational picture. These capabilities also support Army mission command objectives through the exchange of situational awareness information between disparate systems.

What has the Army done?

The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command executes the FFT-directed mission on behalf of U.S. Strategic Command. FFT data services, data integration and dissemination needs are provided directly to the geographic combatant commands, the services, allies and interagency partners.

What continued efforts are planned for the future?

The USASMDC/ARSTRAT Future Warfare Center FFT testbed develops integrated solutions to interoperability shortfalls that exist in sharing FFT data between independent command and control systems. These capabilities support the ability to exchange situational awareness information between disparate systems while conducting full spectrum operations and Joint Requirements Oversight Council-approved requirements, including the ability to combine, integrate and disseminate FFT data to support timely decision making.

Why is it important to the Army?

USASMDC/ARSTRAT is supporting required joint and Army capabilities and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff-directed responsibilities to satisfy the FFT data needs of GCCs, the services, allies and interagency partners to improve situational awareness, command and control and fratricide reduction.

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Events

February 2016

Black History Month: Visit African Americans in the U.S. Army (#BlackHistory or #AfricanAmericanHistory)

Heart Health Month: Visit MEDCOM (#HeartHealth and #HealthyHeart)

March 2016

Brain Injury Awareness Month (#BrainInjuryAwareness)

Women's History Month (#WomensHistory and #WomensHistoryMonth)

March 3: TRADOC State of NCO Development Town Hall (#talk2TRADOC)

March 25: National Medal of Honor Day (#MedalOfHonor)

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Quote for the Day

One is to strengthen deterrent capabilities ... the second is to find the best balance between manning, readiness and modernization with a focus on rebuilding full-spectrum capabilities and ... the third is to see innovative approaches, not just through technology, but also through, human capital ... through plans and operational concepts and institutional reform.

- Lt. Gen. Karen Dyson, the military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army for financial management and comptroller, highlights the three priorities from the DOD budget that the Army has mirrored in its own budget, at a monthly Association of the U.S. Army breakfast, Feb. 18

Dyson outlines Army 2017 budget request, chief focus on readiness

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