The idea for the app came to Captain Jonathan J. Springer in a dream last July. He wanted to make an application that would assist soldiers in Afghanistan by making it possible to plot the coordinates, and post pictures and descriptions as they face Taliban soldiers. In addition, the app can also be used to direct artillery fire on enemy positions or to call in helicopter support.
Springer, who serves as a battalion fire support officer in eastern Afghanistan, had observed for a long time that most soldiers used smart phones, and thought the American Army should take more advantage of this fact. He was so commited to create this app, that he put $26,000 of his own money into the project. The app will be called Tactical Nav, and is announced to be released some time in February.
“Since day one, I always believed that smartphones could be utilized by the U.S. military for combat purposes,” he said.
“Basically, the issue was the fact that these smartphones were being untapped by the army and I was motivated and determined to change that, even if it cost me my own money out of pocket to do so,” he added.
The article in the New York Post does not mention if Springer has made an agreement with the U.S. military, or whether this apllication will be used by the soldiers on a private initiative.
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