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iOS devices to replace aging Blackberrys

A report is making the rounds that the U.S. Department of Defense has plans to purchase a huge number of Apple gadgets. According to the report, the DOD plans to purchase 650,000 iOS devices to replace older BlackBerry devices (the Department of Defense currently has about 470,000 BlackBerry devices in use daily).

The DOD is tipped to be purchasing 120,000 iPads, 100,000 iPad minis, 200,000 iPod Touches, and over 20,000 iPhones.

According to TechCrunch, "More than half are headed to the battlefield, afloat, and to associated support commands. Most of the rest will stay [at the Pentagon]."

According to the DOD, it will have 8 million smartphones in service over the next three years. In addition, devices used by the Department of Defense for classified data handling are modified for enhanced security with components that can quadruple their final cost.

The Department of Defense announced last year that BlackBerry would not have the exclusive contract for smartphone devices any longer. The Defense Department is seeking to become "device agnostic" with the goal of allowing soldiers and administrators to share data amongst devices more easily. 

Source: TechCrunch

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RE: You'd think
By Argon18 on 3/21/2013 2:03:54 PM , Rating: 2
Why would the military not use open source? It would allow them to create a custom solution, tailored to their needs. The military uses loads of custom hardware and software, built specifically for them. Why not phones? Open Source is also arguably more secure. Because the source code is publicly available, it has a lot more eyes on it, so issues get discovered and fixed far more rapidly than with a proprietary system.

RE: You'd think
By Nortel on 3/21/2013 2:45:54 PM , Rating: 1
So you think it would be cheaper to buy Android devices then hire a series of Android developers to customize a firmware solution vs simply buying iPhones? I would be offended if the DOD trusted their security with any open source garbage. China slips in a backdoor into the sourcecode and the government is fuc|<ed.

RE: You'd think
By Argon18 on 3/21/2013 4:35:24 PM , Rating: 2
You clearly do not have any experience with open source products, or an understanding of how open source software development works. Please excuse yourself from this discussion.

RE: You'd think
By Nortel on 3/22/2013 2:32:37 PM , Rating: 2
Actually I do... You see.. the overseers that check over new code before it gets merged into the main trunk could easily inject whatever they wanted and make it look legit.

RE: You'd think
By Argon18 on 3/21/2013 4:38:33 PM , Rating: 2
FYI, the DoD makes heavy use of open source already. The OpenBSD operating system is in widespread use at the Pentagon. Why? It's the most secure OS in the world that runs on commodity servers.

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