Originally Posted by mstone
I think they admire Apple's iron fisted control and locked down security policies since they are control freak organizations too.
The ironic part of this post is that the military don't normally use Macs or Mac products precisely because of the tight lockdown of their software. I ask several civilian IT guys why the military doesn't use Macs and almost to the person they said "Macs are too hard to write and overlay code for securing the PC's to our standards," to which I said, so you don't use Macs because their already too secure ... they replied "Yeah, basically." I had to laugh at that one.
iPads are basically the same way as it's indisputable the software is more secure in their Walled Garden then say, Android. However, due to the nature of the software on a tablet, it's hard to overwrite the code and have the item function as intended. The military will likely use the software that comes with the iPads, which is why they likely chose the more secure iPad over an Android tablet.
We'll still never see Macs in the military work environment, which is kinda sad, but it's what we have.