The Department of Defense on Friday released a document outlining its "mobile device strategy," or the military's plan for developing security standards and apps for the commercial smartphones and tablets increasingly being used by U.S. military personnel, now up to an estimated 250,000 devices.
In the brief, seven page document, the Defense Department reveals it wants to increase use of mobile devices but also control their spread across the military. As part of this, the DoD says it wants to set up what amounts to its own app store, complete with a development platform, certification process, and app analytics.
"The chief appeal of DoD mobile apps is low-cost, often faster development and delivery of simple but useful function to the warfighter and/or support personnel," the document states. The Department also included the following diagram of the various uses and security levels of Pentagon-issued mobile devices and apps.