Earlier this month, Soldiers from the Army Evaluation Task Force based at Fort Bliss took smartphones into the field and tested them in a variety of simulated missions at White Sands Missile Range. The exercise was the first time the task force conducted field evaluations for the phones, which included both iPhones and other models running on the Android operating system.
“Not every Soldier is given a radio, not every Soldier has a computer, not every Soldier has situational awareness or operational environment understanding, and they need that before they go in and engage either lethally or non-lethally,” said Col. Marisa Tanner, a Future Force Integration Directorate division chief. “The enemy has some of this stuff already, and they’re doing pretty well with it.”
In addition to phones and their applications, a mobile cellular network was evaluated.