Success in the future battle space is increasingly dependent on rapid access to the right information. Faced with a
shrinking budget, the Government has a mandate to improve intelligence productivity, quality, and reliability. To achieve
increased ISR effectiveness, leverage of tactical edge mobile devices via integration with strategic cloud-based
infrastructure is the single, most likely candidate area for dramatic near-term impact. This paper discusses security,
collaboration, and usability components of this evolving space. These three paramount tenets outlined below, embody
how mission information is exchanged securely, efficiently, with social media cooperativeness.
Tenet 1: Complete security, privacy, and data integrity, must be ensured within the net-centric battle space. This paper
discusses data security on a mobile device, data at rest on a cloud-based system, authorization and access control, and
securing data transport between entities.
Tenet 2: Lack of collaborative information sharing and content reliability jeopardizes mission objectives and limits the
end user capability. This paper discusses cooperative pairing of mobile devices and cloud systems, enabling social media
style interaction via tagging, meta-data refinement, and sharing of pertinent data.
Tenet 3: Fielded mobile solutions must address usability and complexity. Simplicity is a powerful paradigm on mobile
platforms, where complex applications are not utilized, and simple, yet powerful, applications flourish. This paper
discusses strategies for ensuring mobile applications are streamlined and usable at the tactical edge through focused
features sets, leveraging the power of the back-end cloud, minimization of differing HMI concepts, and directed end-user