Military App Economy

The military and intelligence community seem to be embracing apps and the App Economy at a rapid pace. Here’s a sampling of new and recent reports, suggesting that the expenditure of relatively large sums  on the development of secure/military grade apps and smart phones.   This activity suggests that  the apps we see in the Apple App Store and Google Play may only represent a portion of the overall App Economy,  in terms of app-building and usage. The Army or the CIA  are not about to put their latest apps on public view, no matter how good they are.

“It Only Took the Army 16 Years and 2 Wars to Deploy This Network”  Wired DangerRoom blog, June 28

When the 3rd and 4th Brigade Combat Teams of the 10th Mountain Division reach Afghanistan in October, between 1,200 and 1,400 soldiers will take with them a rejiggered Motorola Atrix running Android that’s the heart of a communications program called Nett Warrior. 

Nett Warrior returns from the dead, DoD Buzz,  May 22, 2012

WHITE STANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. — Most people had left the Army’s Nett Warrior program and its futuristic eye scope in the expensive trash heap of Future Combat Systems. But it lives on here, where soldiers test the glorified smartphones that Army leaders want squad leaders carrying on the battlefield.

“In Camouflage, Android Could Power Military Apps”  GigaOm/Bloomberg BusinessWeek April 17, 2012

Android is still the smartphone platform of choice for the world’s consumers, and it may also be the ideal operating system for the world’s armies, navies, and security agencies. The versatile, open, and free operating system already has most of the necessary pieces in place to power the most sophisticated defense and government applications. 
Boeing to Jump into the Mobile Phone Business, NDIA, April 10, 2012

The Boeing Co. is developing a mobile phone based on the Android operating system that will compete with other manufacturers offering highly secure communication devices, company officials said April 10.

“U.S. Army deploys their own Android app store”,  Android Central, March 25, 2012

The U.S. Army recently launched a “prototype” (i.e. beta) version of their own civilian-facing mobile appstore for Android and iOS.

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