The US Air Force and the US Navy have agreed to buy new phone lines for all US military and civilian agencies to use.
The agreement with Allina, a French telecommunications company, comes amid growing tension over the use of phone calls between military personnel and civilian personnel.
The Pentagon has been seeking to buy more military equipment, including radar systems and drones, to meet the increasing demands of its forces in the Middle East and Pacific.
The US military’s new line of phones, called Astronauts, will be used by all US forces to call each other and coordinate operations.
The deal is the latest in a string of military contracts announced in recent months to help the military pay for military equipment.
In January, the Pentagon agreed to purchase $1.7 billion in fighter jets and helicopters, along with $1 billion for more fighter jets, in a $1 trillion deal that will allow the military to buy about 3,000 new weapons.
The deal with Allinex, a telecommunications company that makes telecommunication systems for the military, comes as tensions over the military’s use of cellphones have risen.
In October, President Donald Trump accused the military of using military cellphones to send military messages to civilians, prompting calls from the American Civil Liberties Union for a congressional investigation.
On Monday, the military announced it had agreed to a $50 million loan to Allina to pay for the purchase of cell phones for troops and other military personnel.
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