There's an app for everything, Apple says, and apparently that rule does not exclude "the operation ofadvanced missile defenses." Raytheon has developed an app for the Patriot anti-missile system that helps troops stay sharp on the weapons platform even when they are called away from their primary peacetime duties for combat tours.
"Patriot Drill Crew" takes soldiers through the steps of setting up a Patriot launcher via a series of screens that present the user with various scenarios and three multiple choice questions related to that scenario. Answer correctly and you move on to the next scenario. Answer incorrectly and a virtual drill sergeant gives you a stern talking to about your incompetence (and perhaps your mother). No word on whether Raytheon optioned R. Lee Ermey for the role.
This isn't Raytheon's first military app and it shouldn't be the last. The company said last year it would develop several apps for both training and use in the field that would make the iPhone a veritable tool of warfare. Thus far we haven't seen a whole lot on that front, but ostensibly one of those apps would train soldiers on how to correctly hold the phone so as not to lose reception.
"There's an app for that."
So if someone steals a Patriot Missle commander's iphone will they get classified information? Seems dumb.
So now, all of the soldiers have to have an iPhone? Unless one is issued to them, I can't see that they would.
I imagine that most GIs have access to a laptop. That would seem to be a better platform for this software.
I don't see this as a marriage made in heaven.
If Raytheon keeps using products with nonexistant security and then talking about it, this just might be their only product. If our enemies can learn our device protocols, they will learn more than we want them to know. Like ford2go said, not a match made in heaven. The idea that we can track a stolen piece of tech is a false security, and easily countered.
I'm no rocket scientist, but wouldn't it be easier to have the doors open at the top rather than having to fire the missile through it?
It's a containment thing. The missiles can not be exposed to certain things like rain or atmosphere because it jeopardizes functionality before launch.
Pissed at your neighbor? there’s an app for that.
Use in the field? Really Raytheon? Nothing about that seems like a bad idea? I foresee this winding up as a problem...but only after someone leaks something.
I am not so sure putting applications, of how our most advanced anti-missile actually works if you're sitting at the console, on the IPhone. Call me crazy but anything that sensitive should be confined to a training area. I am not so sure how much practice a technician would get sitting in a bar with their buddies playing patriot missile shoot down app. I think this may be a little over the top. I have not seen the app. or the battery and it may be perfectly fine but at first glance it sounds kind of reckless and frankly stupid.
Couldn't anyone in the world download the app???
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