NSA connects with General Dynamics for secure phone-PDA contract

General Dynamics Corp. won an $18 million contract from the National Security Agency to design and develop a secure mobile phone/personal digital assistant, the company said yesterday.

The device will provide secure voice and data communications, including e-mail, Web access and file viewing. It will operate on existing commercial cellular networks and will have modular architecture for connectivity to a wide array of wireless protocols. It also will hook into the Defense Department's public key infrastructure using the government's standard common access card.

The contract, awarded to the General Dynamics C4 Systems business unit, is part of the Secure Mobile Environment program, which calls for a single device for government users who require 'Type 1' security for wireless access to the government's Secure IP Router Network for secure Web browsing and messaging.

The company is expected to begin deliveries of the secure phone-PDA in the second quarter of 2007.

Roseanne Gerin is a staff writer for Government Computer News' sister publication, Washington Technology.

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