Terry Halvorsen: DoD Seeks to Expand Mobility Options for Military Personnel

Terry Halvorsen
Terry Halvorsen

The Pentagon aims to implement mobile devices that would run on the military’s classified and unclassified networks, C4ISR & Networks reported Thursday.

Amber Corrin writes Terry Halvorsen, the Pentagon’s acting chief information officer, said the agency is developing a smartphone to operate within the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network.

“A SIPR phone that works across the world, in a form factor that looks like a small phone and operates at the right cost level … [we are] doing that and in November we will begin to implement,” Halvorsen told reporters Thursday.

Corrin reports the department is also working on a device for both military work and personal use through the Nonsecure Internet Protocol Router Network.

“We have begun to put those out, based on the Blackberry Z30, that have the capabilities for the work environment and the personal environment,” Halvorsen added, according to the publication.

The Pentagon also plans to test the feasibility of a bring-your-own-device program across the military.

Halvorsen noted the pilot program would limit mobility privileges to certain users and applications such as email, data sharing and calendar, according to Corrin’s article.

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