Smartphones in the Tactical Environment: A Framework for Financial Analysis of U.S. Marine Corps Options
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF INFORMATION SCIENCES
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The purpose of this analysis is to explore the application of commercial smartphone technology in the United States Marine Corps USMC tactical environment. Based on our research and financial analysis, we conclude that the dual-use potential of smartphones makes their economics more attractive than the existing radios the USMC has available, and, therefore, the business case for deploying sleeved smartphones in the tactical environment complements the military rationale for adopting this technology. Because uncertainty exists about what the true productivity benefits of smartphones might or might not be for different kinds of USMC users, we recommend that the USMC adopt a staged investment approach to smartphones, starting with a substantive trial of the technology in order to better understand the potential economic benefits.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Radio Communications