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Data Supporting Mobile Application Development for Use within the Marine Air-Ground Task Force

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Technical Report

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Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States

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The United States Marine Corps has identified a need to provide handheld devices to allow operators to conduct wireless command and control-related functions. To fulfill this need, the Marine Corps initiated a program that aims at providing secure cellular communication capabilities down to the individual Marine to address gaps in existing command and control systems. Common wireless communication technologies that are typical within the average enterprise entity, such as text, email, and file sharing, among many others, do not exist on an individual level within the Marine Corps. One of the next steps in advancing the implementation of handheld devices is to map requirements for information exchange to mobile device applications. This thesis accomplishes this mapping and identifies the application space where trusted devices offer the greatest potential for benefit to the Marines of the Major Subordinate Elements. While a suite of approved applications for military use may become available in the future, the initial applications for trusted devices can accomplish the needs for many users, thereby maximizing the utility of these devices in the short term.

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