U.S. ARMY Launches APPS Store
Soldiers now can purchase mobile training apps from the newly launched Army Software Marketplace. The apps, developed through the Connecting Soldiers to Digital Applications initiative, are approved for Army-wide use and available at www.marketplace.army.mil.
Currently, the store supports publicly facing apps on personal iOS devices. However, once fully implemented, the marketplace will deliver Web-based and downloadable programs for all approved devices.
“This prototype is a first step in establishing and exercising new submission and approval processes that will eventually enable Army members, organizations and third-party developers to release applications for Army-wide distribution,” explains Lt. Gen. Susan Lawrence, USA, chief information officer/G-6.
The Army plans to add more apps in the future, as well as offer Android apps — which we can only assume will be links to Google Play — and web apps. It also wants to accept submissions for third-party apps to be listed in the market. You don’t have to be in the army to check out the apps, just point your iPhone to www.marketplace.army.mil. (Remember do not hook up your personal smart phone to your government computer, apps need to be uploaded from a personal computer)
U.S. Army Engineer Regiment note: in case you attempted to reach marketplace.army.mil, but the server presented an invalid certificate, pls note that a few Army sites are like that in Internet Explorer. Sometimes it’s checking to make sure that TLS 1.0 is checked, you also may need to download the certificate to your computer.