U.S. Army looking to increase Mac footprint?

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By: switchtoamac at: 4:03 PM on March 24, 2010 | Comments (0)
The United States Army recently announced that its research and development command is evaluating the use Apple products including the iMac, MacBook, iPad, and iPhone.  Leaders from the Army's technology command visited Apple's headquarters earlier this month as part of their evaluation program.
From the news release:
"Apple officials gave the Army group tours of its laboratories and other facilities and talked about some examples of where the military is already using Apple technology. The Army's research and development command is evaluating commercial hand-held solutions such as iPad, iPhone, iPod, iMac, and MacBook platforms."

"Apple technologies offer unique and proven solutions with intuitive designs that allow users to learn quickly without a training manual," said Ron Szymanski, CERDEC's lead computer scientist on the project. "The Army would like to leverage Apple's experience when designing military applications."

A 2007 Forbes article indicated that the U.S. Army has increased its use of Macs as a means to diversify itself against security threats.  In our view, increased adoption by the Army would lend additional support to the Mac's growing install base within the United State military and other government organizations.  Hopefully, we'll see increased demand within U.S. government for the Mac!

You can read the Army's new release about this visit here.

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