For two years now, Boeing and the FCC have been keeping a little spy secret related to communications technology. This little secret has a name and it’s The Boeing Black. Well, there’s certainly a lot of mystery in an alluring name like that. So why all the fuss?
The Boeing Black is a smartphone developed and introduced by Boeing. Of course, it’s not an ordinary smartphone. This particular secret product was developed with the spy community in mind. The product was designed to run on what Boeing officials call “an enhanced” Android operating system with lots of extra bells and whistles.
In reality, it would appear The Boeing Black was designed to meet national security requirements. For now, the product is aimed at high-level government employees in perhaps the CIA or State Department, not the general public. However, that doesn’t coincide with the fact the product is currently listed under the Boeing Defense, Space and Security section on Boeing’s e-commerce website. That’s certain to draw a little interest from people with ulterior motives.
To date, the word is that several of these items have already been manufactured and are undergoing field tests. It has been confirmed by the Defense One website that one individual, who is using The Boeing Black is field tests, has been identified as the United States’ NSA Director, Michael Rogers.
So what functions does The Boeing Black have that John Q. Public doesn’t have on his phone? To begin with, it has a built-in self-destruct button that allows the user to destroy the memory in anticipation of falling into the wrong hands. Beyond that, it has cutting edge communication capabilities through a special port that gives users satellite connections.
According to officials at Boeing, “it gives users secure remote access to both classified and unclassified information on government networks using dual SIM cards.”