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U.S. Army Visits Apple in Search for Military Tech

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If the U.S. Army is looking to Apple for tomorrow's military tech and applications, might there someday be a real Mac vs. PC war?

Apple markets its products as friendly (but sometimes snarky, if you're watching the Justin Long TV ads) and easy-to-use – but now it seems that the U.S. Army is looking towards things such as a iPhone for militaristic use.

As reported on the official U.S. Army website, Major Gen. Nick Justice, Research, Development and Engineering Command commanding general and key members of his staff traveled to Apple headquarters earlier this month for a tour of the computer company's laboratories and to discuss the use of Apple products in Army business and battlefield operations.

The two parties talked about some examples of where the military is already using Apple technology, such as through both public and private iPhone applications. Such specific applications are: COIN Collector, a counter-insurgency information collection tool, and MilSpace, a combined planning and social networking environment.

Like many other consumer-oriented technology companies, Apple spends obscene amounts of money into R&D – something that the military would like to piggyback on.

"We're continuing to leverage commercial technology for battlefield uses; we can't ignore that kind of existing knowledge," Justice said. "Our job, as stewards of the taxpayer's dollar, is to adopt and adapt appropriate commercial technology and offer the best possible solution to the Warfighter."

The Army's look into Apple is just one part of the "Connecting Soldiers to Digital Applications," which examines how commercial cellular technology could be utilized in a tactical environment.

"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 on the project. "The Army would like to leverage Apple's experience when designing military applications."

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    coopchennick , March 26, 2010 1:16 AM
    Haha, this is NOT the way to cut spending, military...
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    alvine , March 26, 2010 1:16 AM
    iGranades!
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    gekko668 , March 26, 2010 1:21 AM
    In the end everybody knows that PC will emerge victorious.
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  • 31 Hide
    alvine , March 26, 2010 1:16 AM
    iGranades!
  • 35 Hide
    coopchennick , March 26, 2010 1:16 AM
    Haha, this is NOT the way to cut spending, military...
  • 26 Hide
    gekko668 , March 26, 2010 1:21 AM
    In the end everybody knows that PC will emerge victorious.
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    Anonymous , March 26, 2010 1:24 AM
    Good job apple! You can con more than just stupid consumers into buying your overpriced products. I wish I had these skills. Too bad apple is conning the US army out of our taxpayer dollars :/ 
  • 14 Hide
    XD_dued , March 26, 2010 1:25 AM
    Battery life not good enough in my opinion (for iphone)...also fragile glass screen.
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    ElysianMerc , March 26, 2010 1:26 AM
    Everyone knows that Apple products are only used by hippies.
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    ravewulf , March 26, 2010 1:27 AM
    Sounds like the military is yet again looking for ways to waste money.
  • 11 Hide
    STravis , March 26, 2010 1:28 AM
    The guy's name is Nick JUSTICE. How f'n cool is that last name.
  • 24 Hide
    JackNSally , March 26, 2010 1:28 AM
    So now the military will be buying overpriced/underspecced computers?
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    jr88 , March 26, 2010 1:33 AM
    They saw the effectiveness of an iPhone as an incendiary and decided they just had to upgrade from the conventional grenade...
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    tpho2500 , March 26, 2010 1:35 AM
    This must be embarrassing for Microsoft.
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    chickenhoagie , March 26, 2010 1:59 AM
    umm if im not mistaken, apple has nothing to do with the creation of the multiple apps that are put into the app store..so why is the military asking them for help and not the people who create the apps?
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    HansVonOhain , March 26, 2010 2:13 AM
    These guys need to shoot an Iphone with a gun, and post the results here.
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    bobfrys , March 26, 2010 2:24 AM
    jr88They saw the effectiveness of an iPhone as an incendiary and decided they just had to upgrade from the conventional grenade...

    My toshiba laptop would do the job better. I mean It would be a great incendiary granade.
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    orionantares , March 26, 2010 2:37 AM
    At least the military might be a good place for the closed and overly controlled environment of Apple products.
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    Quinid , March 26, 2010 2:37 AM
    Being a vet that used to work in a area where I see how much contractors charge for replacement equipment. i.e wooden poll with rogue hook tip to put heli blade boots on $800. So I'm not surprised that they are looking to buy more overpriced junk.
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    Quinid , March 26, 2010 2:39 AM
    oops grammar
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    Anonymous , March 26, 2010 2:42 AM
    The gov is into paying $500 for a hammer, $2500 for a toilet seat, etc, so I'm sure the military is just much more comfortable with Apple's pricing philosophy.
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    tacoslave , March 26, 2010 3:13 AM
    that title is waaaay to easy to make fun of

    andboomerThe gov is into paying $500 for a hammer, $2500 for a toilet seat, etc, so I'm sure the military is just much more comfortable with Apple's pricing philosophy.

    igranades anyone?

    nice Independence Day quote
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    blackbyron , March 26, 2010 3:23 AM
    How about just build a computer and save $1000 instead of buying overpriced macs?
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