October 7th, 2011
09:29 AM ET

The highest ranking iPad in the military

Each day, the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, uses an iPad  to read his classified intelligence.  In an exclusive interview, Dempsey talks Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr about his embracing of handheld devices and how he sees the military using them in the future.

Officially, the iPad cannot be logged into the military internet system, known as SIPRnet.  But as a military spokesman told CNN, they are used offline.   This year, there was an initiative to use tablets as a replacement to the standard, bulky briefing books prepared each day for leadership to read.

"The devices have been physically altered and are only being used in a standalone mode. Using these tablets has saved the community countless man hours and costs in reproducing and printing thousands of pages of documents," a military spokeswoman Lt. Col. April Cunningham said. "The devices have been locked down to minimize the risk of exposure of classified information."

If you spend any time with troops, you see that the devices are in use, albeit not always officially.

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    If they decided to use the Blackberry Playbook, they would be able to put in on the network and have it linked to their Blackberries which does meet the security requirements.
    I don't think they have really examined what they need their tech to do.
    If you're just going to use it stand alone mode, the new Kindle Fire is cheaper and would save taxpayers a lot of money.

    October 11, 2011 at 8:27 am | Reply
  5. sonic10158

    can't imagine what could happen if auto-correct kicks in

    October 9, 2011 at 12:38 am | Reply
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    Living on the edge of High Tech..!! I know this is kind of scary...but Go GO UAS!!! All the way..! I pray everyday for US to get back to where this country was......Stay strong America...!

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  7. IA Guy

    Yet another headache to deal with...

    October 8, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Reply
  8. Darunia

    Oh man. I can't wait to be able to brief from one of these things. Or be able to control my slides remotely. Really the possibilities are endless.

    October 8, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Reply
  9. Now the military is getting up to the a speed and effcient standards of the 21 st century.

    Effcient in bussiness is a key to success! You cant expect our military to be the best without fast communication.

    October 8, 2011 at 10:25 am | Reply
  10. salman

    Lt. iPad reporting for duty, sir!

    October 7, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Reply
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    October 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  12. BBoy705

    When you think about the Commander's comments about using the newest and best technologies of the 21st century in command centers and in the field you must keep in mind that in 10-years the US Army has not been able to defeat an opponent who basically lives in the 19th century. So what is wrong with this picture??

    October 7, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      19th century? I had no idea the AK47 and RPG7 were developed in the 1800s.

      October 8, 2011 at 9:51 am | Reply
  13. Sam

    Was this one also designed by Apple in California and assembled in China.

    October 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Reply
    • Anonymous

      No, this one was designed by Apple in Kenya and assembled in Vanuatu.

      October 7, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Reply
  14. John in Colorado

    My guess is that once they figure out the security issues, and harden it some, it will find its way onto the electronic battlefield. Coupled with sophisticated military satellite imagery, it will be hard to hide from American military forces.

    October 7, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Reply
  15. SpawnOfSwiss

    My friend in the navy is obsessed with his Ipad, he wont go anywhere without it. :p

    October 7, 2011 at 11:02 am | Reply

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