Leader Blog

Jan 5

Written by: CIO/G-6
1/5/2012 2:27 PM  RssIcon

On December 31, 2011 President Obama signed the FY 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). As you know, the law contains language that affects the Army’s migration to Enterprise Email. Here’s what we expect to happen over the next several months as a result.

The NDAA requires the Secretary of the Army to designate Enterprise Email a formal acquisition program with the Army Acquisition Executive as the milestone decision authority. In addition, the Secretary must submit a report to the congressional defense committees regarding program specifics, including requirements, an analysis of alternatives and expected costs and savings.

The Army may not expend any FY12 funds on migration to Enterprise Email until 30 days after the required report is delivered to Congress. However, the NDAA permits sustainment and maintenance of already migrated accounts and the day-to-day provisioning of new mailboxes/accounts in organizations that have completed migration.

Report preparation is under way and I estimate we will complete it by January 18. The report will subsequently be coordinated with Office of the Secretary of Defense. Expected submission to Congress is February 15, 2012.

In anticipation of the signing of the NDAA, the Army suspended migration to Enterprise Email on December 29. Currently, 302,257 Army and Joint users are on Enterprise Email. Migrations currently scheduled for Jan-Mar 12 will be rescheduled, pending submission of the report. This delay will impact approximately 234,000 Outlook user mailboxes and 400,000 webmail-only users.

NETCOM/9th Signal Command (Army) will develop a new non-classified network (NIPRNet) migration schedule for continental U.S. (CONUS) and outside continental U.S. (OCONUS) locations, to be validated by Army Cyber Command. The schedule is expected February 1.

Planning for Army secure network (SIPRNet) migration, currently scheduled to begin April 1, 2012, will continue; so long as the report to Congress is timely, SIPRNet migration should not be affected. Planning for NIPRNet migration of still unscheduled organizations and organizations with operationally related temporary extensions also will continue, with migration targeted for the June 12 to March 13 timeframe.

Overall, the Army expects that NIPRNet full operating capability, previously planned for March, 31, 2012, will slip a minimum of 45 days and possibly longer as migration schedules are re-synchronized with daily operations. However, the SIPRNet transition likely will remain the same, running from April 1, to September 30, 2012. The change in schedule will delay realization of the expected security benefits and a projected $100M in annual savings.


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