Military looks for ways to integrate iPhone into JIE

Defense Department officials have recently been talking up the Joint Information Environment (JIE), which is one of their latest and most comprehensive ways to use IT to improve communications, reports FCW, a sister publication of Defense Systems.

The JIE is set to be compatible with mobile devices – but which ones? With the announcement of the new iPhone 5, a panel of DOD officials speaking Sept. 13 at an AFCEA DC event in Arlington, Va., indicated that high hopes for an Apple-enabled JIE could become a reality if the right security can be achieved.

“My primary NIPRNet mobility device is an iPhone 4, so I’m anxious to see the 5,” said RADM David Simpson, DISA vice director, who participated in the panel. He said that dialog between DOD and Apple is underway.

“Our enterprise mobility efforts now…are very much oriented around shifting the burden of security form the device itself to the networked eco-system, from the device to the mobile-devices management, the mobile application store," Simpson said. "We do expect that when iPhone 5 comes out we will be integrating that into our capabilities out of the box and working the security.”

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