The Defense Department plans to eventually allow a "bring your own device" mobile policy for a small set of users on its unclassified network, but it won't be pushed very widely throughout the department, said DoD Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen.
The Defense Mobile Classified Capability–Secret has moved out of the pilot phase with the latest release that provides improved call interoperability, failover or redundancy, and a new mobile device management system.
For those agencies using mobile apps, analytics can be an invaluable tool, said David Cooper, mobile applications program lead at the DoD's National Center for Telehealth and Technology.
The Defense Department will pilot a "bring your own device," or BYOD, mobility program sometime this summer, according to the department's chief information officer.
Personal identity verification at the Defense Department could become more compatible with mobile devices, since the department approved Nov. 24 the first vendor to provide security credentials for Android, Apple and Microsoft mobile devices.
A pair of notices posted to FedBizOpps June 20 show the DoD is looking to purchase enterprise apps at a discount to host on its app store as well as gather strategies for fostering custom mobile app development. It also has a number of questions about how to best support commercial mobile devices while ensuring compliance with National Security Agency security and privacy standards.
With an ever-increasing demand for finite electromagnetic spectrum, the Defense Department fears its reliance could hamper military operations within the United States and abroad. As a result, the DoD issued March 12 a solicitation, seeking to collaborate with industry, universities and research organizations to help find more advanced ways to better use this spectrum.
The Federal Communications Commission will soon circulate a detailed proposal for sharing spectrum in the 3.5 gigahertz band of spectrum currently occupied by the Defense Department.
A Defense Department strategy unveiled Feb. 20 provides insight into the department's plans to free up spectrum in support of the White House's goal to make 500 MHz of spectrum available for commercial use by 2020.
As the military deals with the growing demand for spectrum, it's also challenged by the need to relocate to different frequency bands and coordinate with spectrum users in foreign countries, Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert Wheeler said.