The US Armed forces have been embracing technology since the day that they were created. However, it was only since the invention of the silicon chip that a huge leap forward was made possible. It has only been the past ten years or so that things have truly picked up, and news that commanders will soon be able to use a giant touchscreen tablet to issue commands that has shocked us.
From this interactive command tablet those in charge of America’s armed forces will be able to take control of soldiers, drones and other such assets. However, they will not be able to control the soldiers fully – that’s years away – but they can issue orders of troop placement etc.
The screen is 36 inches by 24 inches, and when those in charge touch a screen to where they want to move assets a message is then sent to those on the ground who will have to issue the orders. To make sure that the message is received an instant message is then sent back to those who are issuing the orders on the AAI built device. Now we just hope that it is not BBM being used, as we do not want an outage in the theater of war?
The US Army has not even agreed to use the system yet, but AII are doing all they can to persuade them to do so. Wired believes that this will be a great system for Uncle Sam, but the one major issue is a dwindling budget, as they have overstretched their resources due to constant conflict in the Middle East. We have no idea how much the technology will cost and what AAI will call it, so give us your best ideas.