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"We're looking at everything from iPads to Kindles to Nook readers to mini-projectors," Mike McCarthy, director of the mission-command complex of the Future Force Integration Directorate at Fort Bliss, Texas, told the Army Times at the time.
The Army said it would need to install its own Common Access Card readers for security.
Goal of 100,000 Devices
The DSIA on Friday said its goal was to create a "multi-vendor environment, supporting a diverse selection of devices and operating systems," by validating a range of devices that meet it security standards, so that employees can take advantage of the best technology available.
The statement said it has yet to be decided how many iPhones or iPads would be ordered for Defense employees. (Sequestration cuts may have an impact.) "Actual orders will be tied to identification of specific operational requirements and funding availability of using organizations," the statement said.
The Commercial Mobile Device Implementation Plan's mobile enterprise solution will ultimately support approximately 100,000 multi-vendor devices by February 2014, the agency said, and Defense already has more than 600,000 commercial mobile devices in operational and pilot use: That includes approximately 470,000 BlackBerry devices, 41,000 iOS devices and 8,700 Android devices.