Related link: http://news.oreillynet.com/pub/n/CoalitionChatIM
And I thought Jabber was cool….
The Coalition forces in Iraq are using IM chat to speak and translate on the fly in Iraq. “…technology funded by the Office of Naval Research, among other DoD organizations, is helping to narrow that cultural gap by enabling U.S. and coalition forces to communicate more effectively with the Iraqis and among themselves. A ‘coalition chat line’ now being used at several U.S. and allied sites around Iraq enables commanders and operators who speak different languages to communicate rapidly and reliably, using the ‘instant messaging’ practices familiar to millions of teenagers. ”