10/17/2011 8:27 AM
Everywhere I travel; Soldiers and Industry alike are interested in when a new technology might be available for use on the Army Network. Tablets are no exception and I am happy to report the Army continues to expand its work in this area. Currently, there are several tablet devices available on the Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS) catalogue [chess.army.mil] that units and organizations can evaluate and purchase if appropriate. Each has achieved the baseline requirements in security, environmental protection and Trade Act Agreement to be integrated and managed using our existing capability.
In addition to these items already available through CHESS, the Army is evaluating the user experience with the Fujitsu Q550. We selected the Fujitsu for a limited participation evaluation because it fully meets all the security requirements. It operates an Approved Army Operating System, it has a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip that enables adherence to Data at Rest (DAR) guidelines, and is Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 Compliant. Also, very important in the consideration was the integration of the Common Access Card (CAC) on the Fujitsu. The Fujitsu has it built into the device so there is no need for an external CAC reader. This enables the use of CAC Authentication and the ability to electronically sign and encrypt email. This feature is a popular because of the convenience it provides.
Our “way ahead” is to complete the evaluation and usability exercise of the Fujitsu. From this evaluation, we will know our security, usability, and manageability requirements. We will summarize these and make them available to industry. We have already been in discussion with industry leaders such as Dell, HP, DT Research and others, looking at Tablet/Slate devices. Additionally, we are collaborating with the Office of the Secretary Of Defense (OSD) Information Assurance Program Office (DIAP) to bring Hardware and Software Vendors into a forum where they can present their products to a larger Department of Defense (DoD) community.
iPads and like-devices are not currently approved for network integration.