USAF withdraws its request to buy several thousand iPads for the pilots and administration

USAF withdraws its request to buy several thousand iPads for the pilots and administration
Due allegedly to security reasons like the inclusion of the Russian-developed GoodReader software as part of the purchase, the Air Force Special Operations Command has apparently canceled its immediate plans to acquire several thousand iPads

The RFP has been withdrawn from the Federal Business Opportunities website now, after Nextgov rang the alarm on the software with Russian origin that was included in the list of requirements. Not to mention that Apple's supply chain has often been cited as too vulnerable for using its gadgets for military purposes.

That doesn't necessarily mean that the USAF pilots and administration won't be getting tablets, they just might not be the 2, 861 iPad 2s requested, or the initial RFP that wanted  might be in for a rework. 

The order was initially worded as up to 18, 000 "iPad 2, Brand name or Equal devices" from the Air Force Special Operations Command, so we might see them end up with something else. Alternatively, the clerks at AFSOP might have learned about the upcoming iPad 3 and want to avoid buyer's remorse.

source: Nextgov via SlashGear

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10 Comments

1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

YYYYEEEEESSSSS!!!! Get the transformer prime. ROFL same price but twice the bang for the buck.

2. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Android would be the better choice... costs less for the tax payer, more customization, better security, wouldn't have to send them to Apple for service.

3. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Air force personnel won't have time to customize their tablet in situations. Besides, any OS will have the same hurdle if apps with Russian origin is the problem.

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

how would every OS have the same required russian app problem? that doesnt even make sense as an arguement. that was a specific ipad only issue. Also, why would they need to "customize" their tablets in situations? the tablets will come with only approved apps and will probably not be very customizable because they will be locked down for security. did you have a point?

4. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

HEY!!! NO ELECTRONICS MID FLIGHT!!!!!!

6. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

lol. i flew virgin for the first time before the holidays. i was absolutely stunned when the person sitting next to me booted up a laptop, i was tempted to swat it to the ground and stomp on it. i kept looking up expecting to see if an air marshall or flight attendant sprinting for dear life to stop this maniac. not only is it allowed but they have wifi. WTF??! i remember when i was maybe 8 i had the original gameboy on a plane and the stewardess wouldnt let me play it (even though my father showed them the FCC label under the battery cover). the times they are a changing.

7. SuperEd

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Seems to me like they just found out about Windows 8 and decided that a secure OS would be a better way to go.

8. Tux4g63

Posts: 121; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

*AFSOC, not AFSOP. Please edit.

9. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

The Russian software could likely be stripped out and the security risk from the software would no longer be an issue. The greater security risk comes from Apple's supply chain vulnerability. There is no way to guarantee that the chips that are produced in China do not come with vulnerabilities. Unless and until Apple can produce an iPad outside of China that does not use chips produced in China, they ain't selling any iPads to anyone in the DoD community.

10. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

my unite our ini is using xooms but my brother base he said they had samsung but there was no access to the android market

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