I know it is blasphemy....
but not every organization is a candidate for BYOD. I know the tech press loves their buzzwords and evangelize BYOD like they are making commissions, but there are plenty of reasons to never allow BYOD in everyday organizations.
For many organizations, there is no ROI. The increases in efficiency just don't justify the costs.
For others, like the DoD, security is the issue. Sure, you can remotely wipe a device - lots of BYOD solutions allow that. However, that does absolutely no good when the stolen device has already been compromised and the secure data is copied. Once it is gone, it is gone. For a company, you can sue, but that's of little consolation when your proprietary IP has been put on the black market. In the DoD case, lives could be lost due to information obtained between the time someone realizes the device is gone and the time the device is wiped.
Is it likely that someone can get the info off that quickly? Probably not. Is it possible? Definitely. In the DoD's case, if BYOD would cost a single human life, it is not worth the implementation.
I, for one, applaud the DoD for their decision.