General Dynamics supplies 300 Sectera Edge smartphones to U.S. Air Force


General Dynamics C4 Systems is delivering 300 rugged
Sectera Edge smartphones to the U.S. Air Force. 


For use by senior leadership at the air staff and major
command levels, the Smartphones are part of a broader Air Force plan to
integrate Secure Mobile Environment Portable Electronic Devices (SME-PED) like
the Sectera Edge into its consolidated enterprise network. General Dynamics C4
Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics.


“The Sectera Edge provides cyber security at the
hip. Air Force and civilian personnel will have cost-effective, secure access
to classified and unclassified networks, even the Internet, from virtually
anywhere in the world,” said Mike Guzelian, vice president of Secure
Voice and Data Products for General Dynamics C4 Systems.



The Sectera Edge is the first SME-PED certified by the
National Security Agency for classified voice and data, using wireless access
to commercial WiFi and cellular networks that provide access to classified and
unclassified government networks.


Since 2007, General Dynamics C4 Systems has delivered thousands of Sectera Edge Smartphones to U.S.
government customers, including users at the Departments of Homeland Security
and Defense.


Similar to a commercial cell phone/personal digital
assistant (PDA), the Sectera Edge is capable of synchronizing information with
a user’s computer, enabling access to calendar, address book, calculator,
notepad and other PDA capabilities.


Capable of operating on existing Global System for Mobile
(GSM) communications and Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) commercial
cellular networks, the Sectera Edge is WiFi compatible as well. Interoperable with
over 350,000 fielded Secure Communications Interoperability Protocol (SCIP)
devices, the Sectera Edge provides secure  data communications classified
Secret and below and secure wireless voice communications classified Top Secret
and below.


Utilizing the Suite B encryption algorithm, the Sectera
Edge interfaces with the U.S. Department of Defense Public Key Infrastructure
using the government’s standard Common Access Card. Information stored in the
Sectera Edge is also protected using data-at-rest encryption.


The Sectera Edge Smartphone was developed under the NSA
Secure Mobile Environment/Portable Electronic Device (SME PED) program and is
compliant with the Secure Communication Interoperability Protocol (SCIP); it
provides secure interoperability with other SCIP devices, including the Secure
Telephone Equipment (STE), Omni, QSec and existing Sectera phones and


The Smartphone is also compliant with the High Assurance
Internet Protocol Encryptor Interoperability Specification (HAIPE IS) for interoperability
with in-line encryption devices that secure information on the U.S.
Government’s Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet), including the
widely deployed TACLANE family of network encryptors.


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