Smartphone becoming integral part of modern US soldier

By ANI
Thursday, December 16, 2010

WASHINGTON - Modern American soldiers are equipped with cutting edge military technology, but the latest addition to their arsenal isn’t an artificially intelligent automatic weapon or a flying humvee-it’s an iPhone.

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The iPhone program is part of a new chapter in warfare, where connectivity will be fundamental to military success.

Army officials expect smartphones to be widely deployed in war zones in 2011 so soldiers can access real-time intel during war, according to Army Times.

“What we’re doing is fundamentally changing how soldiers access knowledge, information, training content and operational data,” Fox News quoted Mike McCarthy, director of the mission command complex of Future Force Integration Directorate at Fort Bliss, as saying to Army Times.

For now, soldiers will be limited to either Apple’s iPhone or Google Android-powered phones, but officials expect to expand their repertoire of devices beyond smartphones to tablets, e-readers and even portable projectors.

With the program still in its experimental phase, soldiers will have sufficient license to customize their new toys. (ANI)

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