How DARPA delivers tactical apps to mobile devices in the field

Forget about muddling through with folded paper maps and line-of-sight radio comms. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has been building a library of mission-critical apps, such as updated digital maps with interactive features, which troops on foot can access from secure Android devices. Called Transformative Apps, or TransApps, the DARPA program has fielded more[…]


The hardened version of the Android operating system that the Defense Department is developing originated from research into improving the security of mobile devices for military use. Work on the hardened Android kernel is a part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Transformative Apps program, which seeks to develop new DOD software applications through an innovative development and acquisition[…]