Rough Rider notebooks join the Marines

Rough Rider notebooks join the Marines

If future wars are fought with computers, Bernie Coski said he believes something like the Marine Corps' new Rough Rider notebooks from RuggedNotebooks.com of Anaheim, Calif., will be the weapons of choice.

The notebooks let Marine officers sit in helicopters and view moving maps while transmitting orders.

'They're all Ethernetted together,' said Coski, a systems engineer for the Corps at the Naval Research Laboratory. 'Every computer has the same tactical pictures.'

The service signed a $35,000 contract for several notebooks that Marines toted around along with their guns and artillery during field exercises last month.

The Rough Rider I, a Pentium III, costs $4,550 and comes with a choice of Microsoft Windows 98, NT or 2000, or Linux.

The Marine Corps also bought Rough Rider II and III models for service users.

'D. Bhambhani

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