Military Embedded Systems

Tablets approved for trial run under DoD classified mobility program


August 07, 2017

Mariana Iriarte

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

FORT MEADE, Md. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) officials are expanding the use of 8-inch tablet computers in a new pilot program under the Department of Defense Mobility Classified Capability-Secret (DMCC-S) Program.

The tablets will be used under designated senior leaders across the department. The first tablet was issued to Dr. John Zangardi, acting Department of Defense (DoD) Chief Information Officer, on May 19; and 23 others have been issued since, officials say.

“We’re bringing the mobile device from something you use mostly to consume information from to being able to actually do work on the device,” says Jake Marcellus, DoD Mobility Portfolio manager.

The pilot program expands upon the DMCC-S’s support for smartphones and acknowledges the need to enable leaders to work with classified data in a mobile environment just as they would in an office. The change in procedures will enhance from a 5-inch phone screen to an 8-inch tablet screen, which offers greater flexibility and an improved user experience.

Parra says the program has incorporated capability enhancements, such as support for the Unified Video Dissemination System (UVDS), which enables viewing of live full-motion video feeds collected for the purpose of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.

The pilot management team has already received positive feedback from combatant commanders, praising the enhanced capability to view UVDS.

“While the yearlong pilot is in its initial stages, it will be a game changer across the department,” Parra explains. “As we continue to enhance capabilities, modern information technology will continue to join forces with cybersecurity to provide situational awareness and create a manageable battlefield communications infrastructure.”

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