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[] US Army nutzt GSM von T-Mobile USA Inc.,

Zum telefonieren verwenden sie aber dann das Sectera Secure Wireless
Phone von General Dynamics Decision Systems.

Army awards secure phones BPA

 BY Dan Caterinicchia 
 Oct. 4, 2002

Defense Department officials will be able to exchange sensitive and
classified information securely over a commercial network thanks to
specially equipped wireless phones included in a blanket purchase
agreement the Army awarded to T-Mobile USA Inc.

The one-year BPA, which was awarded Sept. 19 and includes the entire
DOD, is renewable indefinitely. It will facilitate the fielding of
10,000 units for the Army during a five-year period, said Kim Jackson,
director of the telecommunications directorate at the Army's new Network
Enterprise Technology Command, or Netcom.

"Since wireless capabilities have been available, there has been a
widespread need for high assurance, secure wireless telecommunications
services within the Army and DOD," Jackson said. "A GSM service to
communicate mission-critical information is a natural progression in
providing secure communication of critical information." 

GSM, which stands for Global System for Mobile Communications, is an
open, nonproprietary system with international roaming capability used
in more than 170 countries. GSM satellite roaming offers extended access
to areas where land coverage is not available.

Jackson said that General Dynamics Decision Systems' Sectera Secure
Wireless Phone for GSM would be used to provide Army and other
government users the ability to communicate securely over commercial GSM
wireless networks worldwide. 

The National Security Agency has certified the phones' ability to
protect classified communications up to the top-secret level, using the
Type 1 encryption algorithm available to authorized personnel, according
to General Dynamics officials.

Mark Fried, General Dynamics Decision Systems president and general
manager, said the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company had received numerous
inquiries from customers in advance of the product's introduction
"because of the widespread need for high assurance secure wireless
telecommunications products."

The Sectera phone for GSM also interoperates with the General Dynamics
Sectera Wireline Terminal, a compact, lightweight device that connects
to a standard analog telephone or a personal computer to provide secure
voice and data communications.

Bellevue, Wash.-based T-Mobile (formerly VoiceStream), is the only
wireless provider in the continental U.S. operating a nationwide
network-based GSM communications technology platform, Jackson said. 

"This network is unsecured," she said. "The security for the
transmission is provided by the security device within the GSM phones."

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