Army Tests Smart Phones For Battle Readiness

Android phones and iPhones could become standard kit for the Army's soldiers if tests show that they are ready for combat. That news comes from an article in the Army Times that goes on to say:

"In February, the Army plans to begin fielding phones, network equipment and applications to the first Army brigade to be modernized under the brigade combat team modernization program. That test will not be limited to smart phones but will include any electronic devices that may be useful to troops."

“'We’re looking at everything from iPads to Kindles to Nook readers to mini-projectors,' said Mike McCarthy, director of the mission command complex of Future Force Integration Directorate at Fort Bliss."


"At war, smart phones would let soldiers view real-time intelligence and video from unmanned systems overhead, and track friends and enemies on a dynamic map, officials said. But the Army must first work through the complex task of securing the data and the network before it sanctions smart phones on the battlefield."



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