The Army is looking to have every soldier have access to a smartphone, whether it is an Android or an iPhone powered device. The Army also wants to pay for every soldier’s monthly bill too. Lt. Gen. Michael Vane, the director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC) is one of the individual’s pushing for the initiative.
“One of the options potentially is to make it a piece of equipment in a soldier’s clothing bag,” stated Vane. The Army is planning to launch Common Access Card readers for the iPhone in January and Android devices in April. This will give soldiers a secure way to access calendars, contacts, and e-mail.
The smartphones would also help soldiers monitor real-time intelligence and track friends and enemies on a dynamic map. “What we’re doing is fundamentally changing how soldiers access knowledge, information, training content and operational data,” stated director of the mission command complex of Future Force Integration Directorate at Fort Bliss Mike McCarthy. “The day you sign on to be a soldier, you will be accessing information and knowledge in garrison and in an operational environment in a seamless manner. We’re using smart phone technologies to lead this.”