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NewsForge: Linux to Help Marines Become Semper WiFi

Aug 19, 2004, 16:45 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)


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"One of the benefits of attending conferences like Blackhat Briefings and Defcon is the networking that occurs in the background. In this case, wireless networking. I met John Hering when he and his posse were in the press room giving a demo of their Bluetooth Sniper Gun ahead of their presentation. That's when I heard John mention the 'UnwireIraq' project, which aims to provide American servicemen and women in Afghanistan and Iraq with high-speed Internet access, so that they can stay more closely in touch with friends and families back home. He gave me a brief overview of the project that day. I told him I would like to follow-up with him after the conference. Now that I've done so, here's what I've learned.

"The story actually begins with LT. Phillip Geiger, Medical Officer with the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines. Geiger's unit was sent to Afghanistan in May of this year, and has recently moved to Iraq. Naturally, one of the things they miss most is regular realtime contact with their friends and families back home..."

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