In defense applications, data storage must be safely and reliably secure in reconnaissance or information gathering, therefore the storage often requires encryption. The use cases for data storage are complicated by the variety of defense environments -naval, infantry, unmanned and piloted aircraft. Because of all these different applications, data storage solutions must also be flexible enough to respond and reliably store data in a multitude of environments, often harsh and volatile. SMART RUGGED drives for defense have taken all these factors under consideration. SMART RUGGED drives can be customized for encryption to the strictest military, DoD and Homeland Security standards.