This Army Marches On Silicon

The communications and computer gurus at the Pentagon didn't win any medals in the 1983 invasion of Grenada. An Army lieutenant who tried to transmit bombing coordinates from a portable computer to Air Force fighters overhead gave up in frustration. He resorted to using a pay phone to call Fort Bragg in North Carolina, which relayed the message. At the same time, Army Rangers and Navy commandos were hampered by incompatible radios.

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