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funky79
25th March 2010, 08:18 PM
ok if they come out with a Tacticool iPod / Lappy / iPad / what ever I WANT one.....


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US Army leaders visit Apple campus to discuss future mobile devices

Leaders of the U.S. Army's technology command visited Apple's Cupertino, Calif., campus earlier this month to talk about existing products, including the forthcoming iPad, and the development of new, user-friendly technology for use on the front lines.

Maj. Gen. Nick Justice, commanding general with Research, Development and Engineering Command, was joined by key members of his staff on the visit to Apple headquarters on March 5, the Army announced this week. Apple's "it just works" philosophy in particular has caught the Army's eye, as the military agency hopes to create future devices that are simple to use for its soldiers on the battlefield.

"Apple technologies offer unique and proven solutions with intuitive designs that allow users to learn quickly without a training manual," Ron Szymanski, lead computer scientist with the Army's Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, reportedly said. "The Army would like to leverage Apple's experience when designing military operations."

The tour allowed the military officials to see Apple's laboratories and other facilities. Members of the Army also provided the company of examples where existing Apple products are in use on the battlefield. The report noted that the Army's research and development command is currently evaluating a number of handheld solutions from Apple, including the forthcoming iPad, as well as the iPhone, iPod, iMac and MacBook platforms.

The Army's use of Apple products has been growing for years. In 2008, it was revealed that the military had employed custom iPods for on-the-spot translating in Iraq. The new method offered soldiers the ability to translate with technology a fraction of the size and cost of the previously utilized technology.

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The Army has also used Macs in its IT infrastructure to deter potential hacking attempts, and just last October implemented Apple hardware for video surveillance installations. The Mac hardware was selected, officials said, for security purposes.

This week's latest report noted that the Army's Communications-Electronics Research and Development Center has developed numerous command and control solutions for handheld devices like the iPhone. Currently, the agency is supporting the development and transition of two new iPhone applications: a counter-insurgency information collection tool known as COIN Collector, and a combined planning and social networking environment dubbed MilSpace.

In addition, the Army's official science and technology blog, Army Technology Live, reportedly released a public iPhone application last month, providing news, updates and media to military personnel all from one location.

Jaste
25th March 2010, 09:29 PM
Funnily enough the USAF has been talking about devices with iPhone functionality from the day the iPhone was released. The only thing stopping them is that they are an insecure form of communications.

BiRDBRAiN
26th March 2010, 07:08 PM
I want to see an iTank!!!!11111one!!11

Lutze
26th March 2010, 08:36 PM
There is a real possibility that this has nothing to do with an iAnything - and everything to do with a certain fabless chip designer that Apple purchased recently and that the US military had / has an interest in.

Echo63
7th June 2010, 08:59 PM
ok if they come out with a Tacticool iPod / Lappy / iPad / what ever I WANT one.....


AppleInsider | US Army leaders visit Apple campus to discuss future mobile devices (http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/10/03/24/us_army_leaders_visit_apple_campus_to_discuss_futu re_mobile_devices.html)

you are aware that "tactical" in todays world means "spray it black/camo and double the price"
i would love a macbook done in Surefire's greenish/grey Type3 Hard Anodise though, would be very hard to scratch, so would be great for Ipods and Ipads too