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Marine Corps Finds Pentagon’s Mobile Plan is No Bargain

June 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When the Marine Corps decided to look outside the Defense Department for secure mobile communication services last year there was really just one reason: cost. And now it seems that the Marines may have discovered a bargain. Verizon charges commercial customers $3.95 per month per user for mobile device management...

Marine Corps Bypasses Defense Mobile Phone Plan; Wants Commercial Options

May 21, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While the Defense Information Systems Agency slowly rolls out its custom-built mobile phone system that offers secure access to defense agencies and the military services, the Marine Corps is seeking a cheaper, quicker commercial alternative. The Marines are counting on three phone companies, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, to manage the...

Defense Personnel Can Now Use Samsung Galaxy Devices on Pentagon Networks

May 15, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Military personnel who want a wider choice of mobile devices for work now can add Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphones to their list of options. The Defense Information Systems Agency announced May 14 that Galaxy S4s running Android’s 4.4 operating system and Samsung’s Knox security solution have been deemed secure enough...

Pentagon App Store Is Open, but the Shelves Are Pretty Bare

May 8, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Information Systems Agency’s new Mobile Applications Store is open for business, but don’t expect to shop there for military-grade killer software. The store offers Slate, Pandora, TED and Twitter apps, along with apps for USAToday, Flipboard, Facebook and Kindle. But of the 19 apps available in the store...

Pentagon Smartphone Plan Off to a Slow Start

May 7, 2014 Three months after the Defense Department declared as operational its system for managing commercial off-the-shelf smartphones and tablets handling unclassified data, only about 2,000 devices are actually using the capability, the program’s manager said May 5. That’s a far cry from the 100,000 devices the Pentagon wants to have by...

Pentagon Smartphone Plan Is Off to a Slow Start

May 6, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Three months after the Defense Department declared as operational its system for managing commercial off-the-shelf smartphones and tablets handling unclassified data, only about 2,000 devices are actually using the capability, the program’s manager said May 5. That’s a far cry from the 100,000 devices the Pentagon wants to have by...

Lawmakers Want Pentagon to Clarify Cloud Security Standards

April 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two House members are proposing legislation they say would ease the way for cloud computing vendors to sell services to the Defense Department. The Defense Cloud Security Act would require department officials to set clearer security requirements for cloud storage and other cloud services “and give vendors an opportunity to...

Data Surge and Automated Analysis: The Latest ISR Challenge

January 15, 2012 Over the past decade, the United States government has spent hundreds of billions of dollars to improve its ability to collect intelligence. The sheer amount and ever-increasing sophistication of information have overwhelmed analysis systems and processes. Finding the needed analytical tools and storage is the next step in the intelligence,...

Bio Fleet

January 1, 2012 The Navy is pursuing one of the most ambitious alternative energy programs in government. A decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq has taught the U.S. military a key lesson: It can't keep fighting like it is. It takes too much energy-literally. Pentagon officials estimate that U.S. forces burn more...

Bio Fleet: The Navy's pursuit of an ambitious alternative energy program

December 30, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Editor's note: This article was published in the January issue of Government Executive magazine. A decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq has taught the U.S. military a key lesson: It can't keep fighting like it is. It takes too much energy -- literally. Pentagon officials estimate that U.S. forces...

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