Army launches app store
- By Mark Pomerleau
- Nov 06, 2015
The Army’s Training and Doctrine Command now has its own app store that aims to bring “the command's body of knowledge to soldiers where they are most likely to ingest it: online and on the move.” Soldiers can access the apps store at http://www.adtdl.army.mil with their Army Knowledge Online login name and password, the Army said in its announcement. Soldiers don’t need a common access card for the website.
Most soldiers use mobile apps every day to get the information they need, said Lt. Col. Joseph A. Harris Jr., TRADOC capability manager for mobile learning, or TCM-M. “We have a digital Army, and soldiers have that digital mindset," he said, "and we are just capitalizing on that.”
TCM-M created the TRADOC Application Gateway, or TAG, which will host applications and interactive digital publications that are unclassified and not “for official use only." Currently, TAG hosts only a fraction of TRADOC-produced apps that are available in commercial app stores, but by January, 100 to 150 of those apps will be available on TAG.
Prior to an app’s introduction to TAG, it must pass at least two forms of verification, said Brian Robertson, the program integrator. The applications must be safe from malicious code and not threaten Army networks.
In the future, TAG could cover learning software and be part of a larger “Army software marketplace” with tactical applications, Robertson said.
Mark Pomerleau is a former editorial fellow with GCN and Defense Systems.