October 14, 2013
Credit: USMC Sgt. Keonaona C. Paulo
Most white-collar workers cannot fathom operating without routine emails or news updates via a smartphone for even a few minutes, let alone an hour or more.
But, U.S. Marine Corps troops on aircraft en route to potentially dangerous landing zones for missions have to do just that, and in dire situations. Essentially, they fly blind, equipped with a set of mission plans that does not include live updates. And, they are doing this despite an unprecedented amount of data collection by unmanned aircraft and infrared missile-warning and targeting-pod systems proliferating around the battlespace.