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..."