iPod Goes to War


Tense standoff between U.S. military personnel and possible hostiles in Iraq?

There's an app for that.

Apple's iPods and iPhones, symbols of a modern urban lifestyle, are now in use in a very different setting - the front lines of Iraq and Afghanistan. They are, say the US forces, ideal for the age of "network centric warfare", relatively easy to use, safe with secure software, and far cheaper than manufacturing a military version.
The Marine Corps is funding an application that would allow easy identification of suspects via a biometric database.

British soldiers are reportedly envious of the American for their use of COTS technology.


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