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Connecting soldiers to digital applications: apps for the Army.

APPS for the Army, or A4A, the Army's first internal application development challenge, launched March 1, 2010. In 75 days, 141 Soldiers and Army civilians registered in teams or as individuals to participate in the A4A challenge. By the May 15 deadline, Soldiers and civilians from all three Army components had developed and submitted 53 Web and mobile applications.

The A4A pilot program shifted from traditional Army development practices by using the latest in agile development methods, all the while focusing on rapid deployment. A4A is part of the Army's larger effort to make it easier to develop apps and certify and deliver software.

The Army provided application development teams with key resources such as a multi-platform, cloud-based, secure development environment. The forge.mil development site served as the collaborative software repository for participating teams.

Fifteen winners and 10 honorable mentions were selected in June. Each of the five categories had first ($3,000), second ($1,500), and third place ($1,000) winners, as well as honorable mentions. Each application helps address mission-related challenges. Winners are listed at http://ciog6.army.mil/ Apps4Army.aspx. Winning apps are available at the Army Application Marketplace: https:// storefront.mil/army/. For desktop access, a DOD Common Access Card is needed. Users browsing from their iPhone and Android Smartphones do not need a CAC.

--Annie Gammell/Future Force Integration Directorate Public Affairs

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Author:Gammell, Annie
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Date:Jan 1, 2011
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