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Lange, as the NSA's mobility mission manager, is developing a smartphone that he wants to bring inside the super-secret U.S. spy agency to access classified information and apps while on the move. He wants it to work as easily as any of the smartphones those that are so ubiquitous in the outside world.
That is no small vision for an agency where entire buildings are designated as Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities, known as SCIFs in spy speak, with many restrictions to ensure the handling and discussion of secret information stays secure.
The U.S. government has secure mobile phones but they are bulky and limited to making calls up to top-secret level and connecting to the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet).
Generals and others have been known to become so frustrated with the existing devices that they switch to personal mobile phones to conduct classified conversations, according to a former U.S. official.
Lange said that if he wants access to email on the NSA's stand-alone computer network now, he has to sit at a desk - "and I'm never at my desk." He cannot get on it even on a laptop that is approved to hold information within a SCIF.
edit on 27-9-2011 by Highlander64 because: (no reason given)
now think sbout ot likre this most generals are in what late 50s early 60s oh course they are going to have troublev with smart phones get they new nsa jutterbug varuant
Originally posted by ProphecyPhD
Can i get one of those phones?
I'm tired of my iPhone recording and storing every location that i have been.
I hate the fact that any e-mail or text i send or receive can be potentially monitored.
I absolutely abhor the fact that if i log into Facebook they will still monitor me after i log out.
WHERE CAN I GET ONE OF THESE PHONES