In my CIA paramilitary unit, we used a program called Falcon View. FalconView is a Windows mapping system that displays various types of maps and geographically referenced overlays. Many types of maps are supported, but the primary ones of interest to most users are aeronautical charts, satellite images and elevation maps. FalconView also supports a large number of overlay types that can be displayed over any map background. The current overlay set is targeted toward military mission planning users and is oriented towards aviators and aviation support personnel. Think Google Earth on steroids.
We also had a couple handheld Blue Force Tracker (BFT) with Falcon View. Simply put, the BFT is a satellite communication device that relays location or duress signals. This enabled us to be tracked and to track our other teammates. I remember the BFT was marked with a big “X” on it. My team was instructed to shoot the X if we were ever compromised. We would also pilot drones with this same technology. Before going on an operation, we would “burn” the route with a UAV. This involves flying the drone over the planned route and area of operation. The drone sends down a series of radio frequencies to detonate any improvised explosive devises prior to us going wheels up. Most of the time, this software was stored on a Toughbook laptop for mobility.
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