Clipped From The Capital
t off of Computers change the way war is fought FORT IRWIN, Calif. (AP) -Surrounded by glowing computer screens in a tent in the Mojave Desert, information flowed to Maj. William Wiegeshoff from satellites, unmanned aerial drones and solders toting computers across most of the battlefield -- -except from a certain sector where he needed it most. "I guess that's the 'fog of war,'" he said, referring to a military adage dating to the Napoleonic age. But as the intelligence officer for the 1st Brigade, it was Maj. WiegeshofTs duty to mix \he Army's revered military theory with Information Age data as the "eyes and ears" for his commander. -- - - - - --He was plotting the advance of the Army's experimental "Force XXI" and its simulated battle against "enemy" troops outfitted with present-day maps and radios. He expected a counterpunch soon, perhaps in the area where he needed information most. "I organize all the intelligence information that everyone needs to kill someone," the Nashville, Tenn., native said. "I can see where everyone is, so none of guys will kill one another But right now, not all the technology is working. Are they shortcomings? No, I like to call them challenges." Some 4,500 soldiers from the 4th Infantry ' Division at Fort Hood, Texas, put equipment on about 600 rail cars for this week experiment in this desert outpost. About 1,600 vehicles M1-A2 tanks, the troop-carrying Bradley Fighting Vehicles, howitzers, Humvees and even supply trucks -- were outfitted $250 million worth of computers and coromtmlcarions systems. The Fort Hood troops were backed up by satellites, pilotless spy drones and other aircraft that helped their computers determine the position of the enemy as well as their own positions. Army officials said the information flow allowed commanders to make crucial battlefield decisions more quickly.