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  • US Army Looking for a Few Good Apps


    Leaders from the US Army's technology command visited Apple at its Cupertino headquarters as part of a program to investigate the use of consumer electronic products on the battlefield. The US military has been radically upgrading its Army command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) systems, as technology advances - in many cases built on inventions originally developed by the Defense Department - filter back into military use.

    The Army announced today that the awesomely-named Major General Nick Justice, commander of the Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) brought key members of his staff to One Infinite Loop on March 5, and toured labs and other facilities. The Army's research and development command is evaluating commercial hand-held devices that will better meet the more nimble 21st century force. "The Army is moving away from big-green-box solutions," General Justice said, and "toward those that will adapt along with our warfighters on the battlefield."

    The Army's "Connecting Soldiers to Digital Applications" initiative will investigate how the Army could be using hand-held devices - like iPods, iPhones and iPads - in the military context. RDECOM's Communications-Electronics Research and Development Center has already developed two iPhone apps: COIN Collector, a counter-insurgency information collection tool, and MilSpace, a planning and social networking app. "Apple technologies offer unique and proven solutions with intuitive designs that allow users to learn quickly without a training manual," said Ron Szymanski, CERDEC's lead computer scientist.

    Military uses for iPhone technology have already been explored by key defense contractor Raytheon, whose One Force Tracker app uses the iPhone's GPS technology to show the location of friendly and enemy forces on Google-like maps in real time, and provides secure communications to identify threats like snipers and coordinate battlefield activities. Raytheon indicated they may be developing a heavily modded, ruggedized iPhone for use with the app.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: US Army Looking for a Few Good Apps started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 14 Comments
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      Every soldier should have an iDevice... And they probably already do 's and 's
    1. spider_pig448's Avatar
      spider_pig448 -
      Awesome!
    1. ikesmasher's Avatar
      ikesmasher -
      this was already posted on the front page a while back..
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      I thought the same thing. But hey, news is always repettitive. I'm already used to it.
    1. matthew1111's Avatar
      matthew1111 -
      Raytheon is gunna jailbreak the iPhone's pretty much!
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      I wanna mil spec iphone!
    1. romeo_herman's Avatar
      romeo_herman -

      I know.......
    1. RonHC's Avatar
      RonHC -
      Uncle Sam looks pissed
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      sounds like a good idea. what happens when i kill a solider and take his phone. Know i have the whole battle plan in my hand... la lala now im going to run back and show everyone where the sniper is and what not.
    1. rampagebegins's Avatar
      rampagebegins -
      its all fun and games until someone starts playing papi jump in the middle of a warzone
    1. extremzocker's Avatar
      extremzocker -
      ruggedized iPhone... still a sexy Apple product??
    1. ElektronBlue's Avatar
      ElektronBlue -
      For how off the GPS can be at times - I'm surprised it's considered for " One Force Tracker app uses the iPhone's GPS technology to show the location of friendly and enemy forces on Google-like maps in real time"...

      "Oops yep sorry the blue blink dot was 30 clicks off....... sorry?"
    1. LSZ33's Avatar
      LSZ33 -
      I knew this would happen one day. Especially since apple mentioned in one of their videos for the iPhone 3gs that the Army was among one of the fortune 500 companies that field tested the Microsoft exchange beta prior to 3.0 release. Hopefully we'll get these soon. I'm sure raytheon won't be the only govt contractor making a blue force tracker app. Most likely General Dynamics will jump in as well. The ipad would be alot better than the crappy panasonic toughbooks we currently use.
    1. victis's Avatar
      victis -
      Quote Originally Posted by hitman10 View Post
      sounds like a good idea. what happens when i kill a solider and take his phone. Know i have the whole battle plan in my hand... la lala now im going to run back and show everyone where the sniper is and what not.
      same thought!