Iphones, Ipads and Android phones with new applications will soon be aiding the U.S. military on the battlefield.
The apps are being designed to deliver messages in real time regarding battlefield operations – like bombings, ground fighting and instant maps – while troops are on patrol. Other interesting App ideas will allow troops to send photos of suspected insurgents to be checked against a database. The wireless phones will send the data through a secured command center, developers say.
There are a couple of potential problems with having the worlds most wanted phones: They are frequently stolen. And with massive budget cuts on the way, critics wonder if the apps are money well spent.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates promised to cut the defense budget by $78 billion earlier this year. The Government Accountability Office released a report Tuesday that found the Pentagon was experiencing major cost-overruns with its weapons systems. It said these overruns added $135 billion to its current $1.68 trillion long-term acquisition budget projection.
According to the web site AppScout the applications will save money in the long run.
“Even at $300-$800 dollars off the shelf for the proposed apps, troops already carry similar functioning equipment that costs upwards of $10,000 or more,” the technology Website states.