Begun, These Army Phone Wars Have

The Motorola Atrix with the "Ghost Rider" software

Image Credit: Wired

By Spencer Ackerman

After 20 years, the Army has finally figured out how it wants to network soldiers together in a warzone: through something like a smartphone. It’s called Nett Warrior, and it’s got the Army very excited. There’s only one problem: defense companies already want to render it obsolete.

Defense giant ITT picked just the right time to roll out its new secure smartphone. It debuted what it’s calling the GhostRider, pictured above, at the Army’s annual Washington D.C. gala, known as the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) convention. The GhostRider isn’t really a phone — it’s just hosted on a commercial Android smartphone, in this case a Motorola Atrix — it’s a small encryption device, called a crypto, installed on a phone near the battery. Put it together with the smartphone of your choice and it’s a secure phone — exactly what the Army wants to one day issue its soldiers, and is still figuring out how to do.


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