Spooks and soldiers will get iPhones and Android kit after the top brass promised to open up its top-secret communication networks to handsets beyond BlackBerrys. A new US Department of Defense implementation plan - which covers the Army, Navy, Air Force, CIA and tech research group DARPA - will allow employees of all levels to …
Defence: Open source has the obvious advantage
Spooks and soldiers will get iPhones and Android kit
I should imagine that Android, for any military is a MUST - because it's open source, the Military would be able to compile their own versions of the software. True they could no doubt persuade the closed source guys to give access to the code also, but an OS that is inherently open source is a safer bet.
The reason? The military can fork the OS and make their own private "distro" of it, with tight control over every aspect, to keep the Chinese, Russians etc out. They would presumably call their Android Distro - "Terminator".
Android, for any military is a MUST
Nope. Linux, yes, but Android is not really Open. In addition, they'll have to root out a few Google features which are basically intercept focused.
Re: Android, for any military is a MUST
Food for thought:
Re: Android, for any military is a MUST
Presumably one of them will be to lock out the App stores and supply their own?
"Putting US soldiers in the cloud will give them an edge, added the report:"
Well it'll certainly make capturing some of those trickier portals in Ingress a little easier!
Meanwhile in blighty we've only got blackberry certified and even then only to IL3. Cheers, CESG.
I strongly suspect that the US move is not about "latest shiny" or indeed any of the flannel they had to say on the subject. More that !=RIM is Canadian whereas Apple and certain other manufacturers are US companies.
Historically they've always been happier to hose their own industries with cash than buy stuff in. In fact, when forced to go elsewhere for kit in the past they've usually licensed it for domestic production rather than just buying the finished product.
Edit: Then again, when it comes to Apple, given the cyber scare stories you have to wonder at the wisdom of giving their military closed kit assembled in China. If I were the PLA, I'd be having a few quiet words with the lads at Foxconn about now.
 The sort of quiet words you listen to very carefully and then follow to the letter.
If the US military is smart enough, only the public-facing aspects of "secure iPads" would come from their plants. Secure elements are much more likely to come from American firms after they've been carefully vetted.
The move sounds more like a trend toward more diversity in the event Blackberry has trouble continuing operations in the medium term. In military terms, your basic contingency plan.
American company... made in China.
Are they friends this week?
"In fact, when forced to go elsewhere for kit in the past they've usually licensed it for domestic production rather than just buying the finished product."
That's true in general. That's why Turkey, for example, makes its own F-16 fighters under license. They are made by TUSAS Aerospace Industries (TAI) at Akinci (formerly Mürted).
Fairly confident in predicting that the Top Secret iPads planned to be used by US personnel won't leave their secure offices... not quite the same as CESG certifying Blackberries to connect to public mobile phone networks.
There is, apparently, a way of connecting iThings at IL3 as well...
What happens when the ungodly just stroll/amble into a US base, 'cos the grunts are all playing 'Angry Birds' or similar..?
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