Accession Number : ADA547816


Title :   Department of Defense Strategic and Business Case Analyses for Commercial Products in Secure Mobile Computing


Descriptive Note : Doctoral thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : O'Neal, Matthew R ; Dixon, Joshua S


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a547816.pdf


Report Date : Jun 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 204


Abstract : The Department of Defense (DoD) lags behind commercial entities in terms of adopting mobile computing technologies. Commercial smartphones offer scalable solutions to meet requirements ranging from business functions to tactical operations; however, these solutions require considerations beyond those applicable to the commercial sector. This research identifies whether potential solutions may contribute to three objectives: 1) reduce the DoD s currently high device and service costs; 2) increase the DoD s smartphone functionality; 3) maintain or increase the level of security functionality available in commercial devices for DoD. A strategic analysis of the commercial mobile communications industry highlights the business drivers and motivations of industry participants. This information is used to identify the DoD s strategic options, which, in turn, serve as the basis of business cases for adopting future smartphone capabilities. Business case analyses compare proposed cost models with the cost models for current smartphone implementations. Results indicate growing strategic opportunities for the DoD to acquire more economical commercial handsets and more flexible network services. The business cases may potentially save billions of dollars over seven years i.e., the estimated life cycle of cellular network equipment. Risk assessments demonstrate the strong potential for the proposed solutions to maintain handset functionality, security features, and network coverage.


Descriptors :   *COMMERCIAL EQUIPMENT , *COMPUTER SECURITY , *MOBILE , COMMERCE , COMMUNICATION AND RADIO SYSTEMS , COST MODELS , DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , ESTIMATES , FUNCTIONS , INDUSTRIES , LIFE CYCLES , MILITARY OPERATIONS , PARALLEL PROCESSING , RISK , SCALING FACTOR , STRATEGIC ANALYSIS , TACTICAL WARFARE , TEST AND EVALUATION , THESES


Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Mfg & Industrial Eng & Control of Product Sys
      Defense Systems


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE