The Department of Defense (DoD) recently released its mobile device strategy, which outlines key priorities for speeding secure adoption of government-issued and employee-owned smarthphones and tablet computers.
In an interview with FederalTimes.com, chief information officer Teri Takai of the DoD stated that at the forefront of the DoD’s strategy, the department would:
- Improve wireless access and capabilities to support voice, video and data sharing via mobile devices. This includes evolving DoD’s virtual private network technologies and addressing bandwidth limitations.
- Create mobile policies and standards. DoD will define acceptable use of personally owned devices and acceptable personal use of DoD’s devices.
- Promote the development and use of DoD and web-enabled mobile applications.
Takai stated, “This strategy provides the foundation for the development of policy and an implementation plan.” The plan is being rolled out in stages and, if successful, it will be implemented DoD-wide.
Our readers may recall the AOL Government study conducted by Market Connections, which highlighted the advancement of mobile solutions for government. In the study, released May 2012, 60% of respondents said budgets allocated to adopting mobile technology at their agencies are not sufficient to meet their agencies’ needs. On top of that, 54% believe budgets would need to increase “significantly” to meet those needs.
The DoD’s decision to create and implement a mobile strategy is no simple task, since the agency has more than 250,000 mobile devices in use over multiple platforms. However, coordinating these efforts will boost accessibility to information internally and to civilians and web developers alike, pushing President Obama’s Digital Government Strategy closer to fruition.
If implemented properly, this will help the DoD better serve the warfighter, achieve military missions abroad and increase government accountability.
And, as the AOL Government study pointed out, 49% of federal managers stated they could redeploy at least 7 hours per week toward more productive work if fully enabled to work mobily, while 19% said they could redeploy more than 12 hours per week. Clearly government workers feel a more mobile government would be a more productive government.