US military 'to increase use of wireless devices'
Saturday, 31 December 2011 11:18
The US military is to increase its use of a range of wireless devices in the coming year as the Pentagon announces changes to how classified data and official materials are handled.
While some have expressed concerns with how information will be passed across wireless networks, there is a general view that the use of smartphones and tablet devices could play a beneficial role in military operations, the Federal Times reported.
Google's Android system was recently approved for use and has sparked a reconsideration of which information needs to be labelled as classified.
Sam Guthrie of Lockheed Martin, who is programme director for that company's MONAX system, explained people are beginning to realise the potential of using the systems.
"But if you don't allow them to look at the data because it's overly restrictive, then it's all for naught," Mr Gutherie added.
Earlier this month, CenturyLink announced it has been granted permission to set up military connections for the Department of Defense.
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