March 20, 2012
By U.S. Army CIO/G-6
WASHINGTON — This week the Army resumed migrations to DOD Enterprise Email. On Dec. 31, 2011, the Army had stopped migrations to address requirements from Congress in the FY12 National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA.
In an Army Enterprise Email, or EE, report provided to Congress mid-February, the Secretary of the Army certified that the Army’s acquisition approach is in the best technical and financial interests of the Army, and provides for the maximum amount of competition possible. The Army’s acquisition of DOD EE services is now a formal acquisition program.
Enterprise Email is the Army’s primary information technology efficiency initiative, according to the report. Overall, the DOD EE solution improves security, enables standardization of hardware and software, improves configuration control, eliminates disparate systems, and centralizes administration and support while enhancing financial transparency.
To date there are approximately 310,000 Joint and Army DOD EE users. SIPRNet migrations will begin in fist year 2012, third quarter. The Army expects to complete NIPRNET and SIPRNET migrations in fiscal year 2013, second quarter. Common Access Card holders can view the migration schedule on the NETCOM EE website .
During the pause, EE clean-up operations were completed in the continental U.S., the Pacific and Italy, and operational test migrations were conducted in Southwest Asia. Based on lessons-learned from the past 12 months of operational experience, the Army updated its EE concept-of-operations document, making major improvements to change IT management processes for existing and emerging EE-related tactics, techniques and procedures.
These improvements should ensure the success of enterprise services beyond email.