Put simply, military situational awareness is a soldier's knowledge of what's happening on the battlefield—a capability that enables effective decision-making and can make the difference between life and death.
Over the last decade, hardware technologies like throwable robots have improved battlefield awareness. Now, access to relevant public social media content is heightening this capability.
In modern warfare, widespread social media use means that anyone on the battlefield with a smartphone essentially becomes a sensor. When this content is public, it gives soldiers a more accurate perspective in real-time, especially in areas inaccessible to unmanned devices or human reconnaissance.