Roll back the clock to 2009. With great fanfare, General Dynamics and L-3 announced the now infamous (in government circles) Secure Mobile Environment Portable Electronic Device (SME-PED) designed to be a special secure phone—one that, say, a U.S. president might use. But several problems plagued the effort, including cost, weight, short battery life and a lack of functionality. Then, “the iPhone happened,” says a former National Security Agency (NSA) executive. “We missed it. But hey, so did Blackberry and a lot of commercial companies.”
TT Government Solutions, Piscataway, N.J., was awarded a $7,048,800 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the development of security technologies designed to provide the soldier with a secure mobile smart device for tactical use. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Fort Monmouth, N.J., is the contracting activity.