Site Lets Soldiers Submit Combat Tech Ideas

PC World:

A Web site launched Tuesday aims to provide an online forum for soldiers to submit ideas from the front lines for new combat tools that would help make their work easier and safer. will allow any member of the U.S. military to detail their need for tools — IT-related or not — in the field. The ideas will be evaluated by Gestalt, the technology consulting firm and government contractor that operates the site. Gestalt will either work to develop the tool itself or route the information to the best suited areas within the U.S. Department of Defense, said William Loftus, Gestalt’s president and CEO.

Here’s the site:

In Tuesday’s press release:

Gestalt will evaluate and investigate ideas that fall under Gestalt’s areas of expertise, and ideas outside of Gestalt’s expertise will be forwarded to appropriate military and government organizations.

This seems like a good idea, though I don’t know that I expect anything major to come from it. That’s okay, because it’s the smaller and more detailed issues that most troops are going to have the most expertise in, anyway. I wouldn’t think the cost of running this could be too terribly, high, and it will only take a couple of decent fixes to be generated to make it worth it.


  1. Typically what we do is take new ideas we have to the flight crews of similar airplanes. We ask them for their thoughts on our ideas and give them an opportunity to tell us of any ideas they might have too. The down side is, our system isn’t as inclusive as having a website. Then again, it’s not like we’re going to advertise our ideas on a website.