The U.S. Army describes its Future Combat Systems program as a “cohesive system-of-systems” comprised of software, networks, and hardware (as in next-generation tanks) that will allow the future soldier “to see first, understand first, act first, and finish decisively.”

Not long after Boeing was named a lead system integrator on the program in 2004, the company joined something called the Transglobal Secure Collaboration Program, or the TSCP. And so it entered a whole new realm of IT control.

Boeing’s work on the Future Combat Systems, like many of its projects, requires tight collaboration with trusted partners. Beyond standard IT security considerations and ...