Number 1 on Army's Shopping List: Wireless Broadband

The most important element of the Army’s effort to modernize itself doesn’t shoot. You can’t ride in it. You can’t wear it for protection against homemade bombs. And it doesn’t spy on an enemy. You transmit data on it.

“The network,” says Lt. Gen. William Phillips, the Army’s acquisitions chief, “is our number one program going forward.”

Yes, a data network for dismounted soldiers. Since the war in Afghanistan began, officers have been frustrated by the difficulties in sharing timely, relevant tactical information with small units and infantrymen.

» via Wired

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