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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

"Giv'em more Jammers instead"

David Talbot is happy for US soldiers in Iraq. Here’s what he has to say -

“…the days of patrol leaders operating half-blind on the deadly streets of Iraq are drawing to a close. After a two-year rush program by the Pentagon's research arm, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, troops are now getting what might be described as Google Maps for the Iraq counterinsurgency. There is nothing cutting-edge about the underlying technology: software that runs on PCs and taps multiple distributed databases. But the trove of information the system [the Tactical Ground Reporting System, or TIGR] delivers is of central importance in the daily lives of soldiers…”

I am happy too. But if it is as open-source, low on tech and as popular as Google maps, I’d better be worried. For all you know, the militants would be pinging pentagon already using something like it or better still, powered by reliable ground intelligence and real time data on troop movements (they speak the language too mind you!). GPS is cookie cutter in this day and age.

Give them more Jammers, instead…!

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