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  • It's Wheels Up for iPads in The U.S. Air Force


    The iPad sure looks good in uniform.

    At least that's what Apple is probably thinking in response to the massive order the United States Air Force may soon place with the leading tablet maker.

    According to published reports Wednesday, the U.S. Air Force's Air Mobility Command - the organization charged with transporting troops and equipment across the globe - is planning to buy approximately 18,000 Apple iPads. Why? Analogous to how many airline pilots are now authorized to use iPads as flight manuals, the Air Force would begin phasing out all forms of paper charts and manuals.

    What's more, just last month, the Air Force Special Operations Command stated intentions to buy 2,861 iPad 2s to serve as "electronic flight bags" for its crews.

    Maj. Gen. Rick Martin, who oversees the Air Mobility Command, says that "moving from a paper-based to an electronically based flight publication system will not only enhance operational effectiveness, it can also save the Department of Defense time and money."

    There could be a few hang-ups or delays before the order can be placed, however, as we understand that iOS has not yet been given security certification from the National Institutes of Standards and Technology.

    Source: NextGov
    This article was originally published in forum thread: It's Wheels Up for iPads in The U.S. Air Force started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 5 Comments
    1. eman297's Avatar
      eman297 -
      now if they could only make a canadian grade 9 math textbook......
    1. ChicagoV's Avatar
      ChicagoV -
      Might as well... our command and enlisted leadership all use iPads, although sensitive info/classified documents aren't allowed, obviously. For the moment we're still issued Blackberry phones, but from what I hear that may switch to Android in the near future. We'll see... I'm curious to see what that would mean for tablets. Flight bags/manuals are one thing, but for those of us that deal with "other" info, I wonder if iOS will pass security standards.

      If so... PACAF needs to hold off for the iPad 3. ;-)
    1. lukeyb's Avatar
      lukeyb -
      20 sum thousand iPads to save money on paper is gonna take so long to see the savings that the hardware will probably have been no longer suitable for a long time
    1. Samsonsimpson's Avatar
      Samsonsimpson -
      Cant the US armed forces make a contract with a tablet company that is made in the United States? Or is it just all of them are overseas now?
    1. Turb02's Avatar
      Turb02 -
      Android is considered open source, which the govt doesnt like. The devices (IOS) already offer DIT(data in transit) and DAR(data at rest) security measures and the sandboxing of applications. Not to mention its encryption capability of what? AES 256 bit, right? Yea, a huge up front cost, but the savings in the cost of paper/ink, man hours to make each flight book (printing, binding, etc...), not to mention the amount of fuel they'll be saving since they dont have to carry around additional weight of the paper. Dont think a few pounds of paper, think thousands of pounds. Compound that to multiple bases, and you get a very fast ROE and the savings is seen rather quickly.