Army Developing 'App Store' For Field Soldiers

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The Army plans to modernize its tactical communications network by creating a Web system that would allow soldiers in the field to provide one another real-time intelligence. 

Shane Sims, current major in the Army’s Project Manager for Mission Command, said Friday the Army is fielding an application store like system that will let users inject new intelligence data. 

The Army said the Prototype-Operations/Intelligence Convergence system will provide troops in combat apps that contain information from other agencies gathered in real-time.

The Army said the system is part of its operations intel convergence initiative, which will converge previous and real-time data in order to perform analytics processes. 

The National Security Agency’s Ozone framework will allow soldiers to access the P-OIC using their laptops, the Army said.

The Army said it will field test P-OIC at the network integration evolution in May. 

The system itself is still in development but the Army said it has already created apps, including an app called Maneuver.

Maneuver gives soldiers views of operating photos. 

The Army said there are also downloadable apps for 3D maps, document viewers, time wheels and geoservers.

The Army has implemented programs like P-OIC in the past in order to improve real-time communications for soldiers in the field, including the Integrated Battlefield Network and the Soldier Smartphone Program, according to Information Week. 

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