U.S. Soldiers' New Weapon: an iPod | Newsweek International Edition | Newsweek.com
Tying the hands of a person who is speaking, the Arab proverb goes, is akin to "tying his tongue." Western soldiers in Iraq know how important gestures can be when communicating with locals. To close, open and close a fist means "light," but just opening a fist means "bomb." One soldier recently home from Iraq once tried to order an Iraqi man to lie down. To get his point across, the soldier had to demonstrate by stretching out in the dirt. Translation software could help, but what's the best way to make it available in the field?
iPod is becoming tool of choice for US Military
Apple’s New Weapon To help soldiers make sense of data from drones, satellites and ground sensors, the U.S. military now issues the iPod Touch.
The US military has been looking for a device that is both versatile and easy to use to help its soldiers make sense of information they receive from satellites, drones, and ground sensors while in the field. The iPod Touch has become that new device. It's cheaper than the current devices distributed to soldiers and Apple has already done all of the necessary research and manufacturing for the devices. As the iPod Touch gains more functionality, it is hoped that soldiers will gradually be able to shed soem of their other devices and just carry the iPod.
To help soldiers make sense of data from drones, satellites and ground sensors, the U.S. military now issues the iPod Touch.Swedish Armed Forces - Recruitment 2009
Test di abilità delle Forze Armate Svedesi. Ben fatto, in Flash. In inglese. (Ma qualcuno mi dica: le Forze Armate svedesi fanno spesso cose così belle?)China prepares for its 60th anniversary - The Big Picture - Boston.com
wow .... this spectacle will be better then Olympics opening
Fantastic photos as always.
The Big Picture - News Stories in Photographs from the Boston GlobeCaptured Photo Collection » Ian Fisher : American Soldier Photos
An interesting photo essay over two and a half years of the journey of an American infantryman.
For 27 months, Ian Fisher, his parents and friends, and the U.S. Army allowed Denver Post reporters and a photographer to watch and chronicle his recruitment, induction, training, deployment, and, finally, his return from combat.
via kottke ... deeply depressingArmy Orders Bases to Stop Blocking Twitter, Facebook, Flickr | Danger Room | Wired.com
RT @chrisguillebeau: Wired: Army Orders Bases to Stop Blocking Twitter, Facebook, and other social networking sites - http://bit.ly/y9kle [from http://twitter.com/gvillearchitect/statuses/2112505130]
Army unblocks social media tools
"...a click in the right direction for the armed service which seems to be making a slow but steady recovery from its lingering hostility towards social media."
The Army has ordered its network managers to give soldiers access to social media sites like Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter, Danger Room has learned. That move reverses a years-long trend of blocking the web 2.0 locales on military networks. Army public affairs managers have worked hard to share the service’s stories through social sites like Flickr, Delicious and Vimeo. Links to those sites featured prominently on the Army.mil homepage. The Army carefully nurtured a Facebook group tens of thousands strong, and posted more than 4,100 photos to a Flickr account. Yet the people presumably most interested in these sites — the troops — were prevented from seeing the material. Many Army bases banned access to the social networks.