Army to consider iPhone brain for networked soldier kit

Officials seek to coordinate advances of programs on parallel tracks

Army program officials will explore whether a smart phone might be the best solution for the computing device that serves as the “brain” for the Nett Warrior system scheduled for production around June, reports Spencer Ackerman in Wired’s Danger Room blog.

A program under the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, known as Connecting Soldiers to Digital Applications, is on a parallel track with Nett Warrior, and its top official, Lt. Gen. Michael Vane, told smart phones might be the answer to the Nett Warrior requirement.

Nett Warrior in its present configuration is an array of wearable computers and peripherals that adds about 12 to 15 pounds to a load.

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