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Department of Defense Strategic and Business Case Analyses for Commercial Products in Secure Mobile Computing
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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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.
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