The Pentagon is testing software that maps and provides detailed maps of battlefields using computer algorithms to help troops operate more effectively in hostile environments, according to a report published on Thursday by The Washington Post.
The software, called Google Maps, is being developed by a private company that is owned by Google parent company Alphabet Inc. The company is building a suite of mapping software for use by the U.N. Security Council, as well as military personnel.
The military uses the software to identify, track and attack insurgent and terrorist targets, the report said.
The system has been deployed on battlefields around the world since 2005 and is used widely by the military.
In Afghanistan, the U,S.
and other U.K. forces have used Google Maps to track Taliban and al-Qaida targets and locate the insurgents’ hideouts.
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