GCN Tech Blog

By GCN Staff

Blog archive

Apple invades the Army

Forbes has a revealing story about how the Army may be using up to 20,000 Apple computers in the field. The reporter, who interviewed Lieutenant Colonel C.J. Wallington, a division chief in the Army's office of enterprise information systems, noted that "the military is quietly working to integrate Macintosh computers into its systems to make them harder to hack."

The Army's Apple program was created in 2005 and, according to the story, the Army will start installing software on the units to make them work with Common Access Cards. Arlington, Texas-based Thursby Software will provide this software.

GCN Tech Blog hasn't been following Apple all too closely, figuring Mac use in government is a onesy-twosy.affair. Last September we saw a Secret Service solicitation pop up on Federal Business Opportunities for an entire 27 Apple Mac. But maybe Mac is slowly making its way into the government enterprise. Perhaps the Office of Management and Budget should hurry its efforts at approving a Federal Desktop Core Configuration for Macs.

Posted by Joab Jackson on Dec 21, 2007 at 9:39 AM


  • Telecommunications
    Stock photo ID: 658810513 By asharkyu

    GSA extends EIS deadline to 2023

    Agencies are getting up to three more years on existing telecom contracts before having to shift to the $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions vehicle.

  • Workforce
    Shutterstock image ID: 569172169 By Zenzen

    OMB looks to retrain feds to fill cyber needs

    The federal government is taking steps to fill high-demand, skills-gap positions in tech by retraining employees already working within agencies without a cyber or IT background.

  • Acquisition
    GSA Headquarters (Photo by Rena Schild/Shutterstock)

    GSA to consolidate multiple award schedules

    The General Services Administration plans to consolidate dozens of its buying schedules across product areas including IT and services to reduce duplication.

Stay Connected

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.