“The Air Force Special Operations Command canceled its planned acquisition of Apple iPad tablet computers last week, two days after receiving a query from Nextgov about the inclusion of Russian-developed security and documents reader software specified in procurement documents,” Bob Brewin reports for Nextgov.
“Officials originally planned to acquire 2,861 iPad2 tablet computers to serve as electronic flight bags, storing digital versions of paper charts and technical manuals,” Brewin reports. “The procurement — kicked off in January — specified the use of GoodReader software developed in Russia to meet mission security requirements.”
Brewin reports, “Capt. Kristen Duncan, an AFSOC spokeswoman, said Tuesday the command ‘continues to explore options to develop the electronic flight bag program. Included in this continual evaluation is the procurement aspect of providing tablets to the field.’ She added, ‘We continue to look at each component of the [electronic flight bag] program to ensure we do the right thing for our airmen, don’t introduce unnecessary risk into operations and provide the best tools available to conduct the mission.’”