Interesting take on the BYOD argument - from my perspective, there are numerous examples where technology trends have started in the social environment before moving into civil industry and then migrating into the military. Mobile apps – just one great example of a development which has been driven by consumers – are starting to have an important impact on aerospace and defense as part of several government initiatives worldwide.
Taking mobility one step further, it's interesting to see how the BYOD trend may take hold in defense in the future. Is it unacceptable for security and data control reasons, or just another inevitable trend that defense needs to embrace for the future?
I agree that many defense departments or military institutions may shy away from such a trend due to security issues, data concerns and coordination problems and therefore it's unlikely that this will take hold in defense in the short term.
Defense departments are already talking BYOD and how such policies can be implemented effectively. Take the Australian Department of Defence, for example, which has already created a BYOD plan called 'corporate owner and personally enabled' (COPE), which will be supported by a Defense app store. And Dr. Guy Bunker, renowned network defense specialist and author of ENISA's key report on cloud computing, says that BYOD is "here to stay" as a strategy for enhancing military IT usability.
So I believe the answer is yes – BYOD is likely to happen in defense, but the route for doing needs to be progressive and selective in order to ensure optimal security.