The US military is looking towards smartphone apps to take our armed forces to the next level. My initial thought is that they are hoping that Bin Ladin uses Foursquare to check into the Starbucks down the valley from his cave and then drop a smart bomb on him. And the reality isn’t necessarily that far off from that.
The Army has begun a program where they are issuing specially equipped iPhones and Android phones to enlisted soldiers in boot camp, and are looking at other practical applications for the devices. Apps similar to Foursquare could be used to geo-locate various battalions to coordinate attacks and to prevent friendly fire accidents.
Smarphones could also be used to remotely fire weapons, keeping soldiers safe from enemy fire. We already have seen similar technology in the auto industry as drivers can lock and unlock their cars, start their engines, and do diagnostic checks on their vehicles remotely.
In the modern Army, a smartphone will be just as important to keeping soldiers safe and alive as a Kevlar vest.