Leader Blog

Mar 12

Written by: CIO/G-6
3/12/2013 3:17 PM  RssIcon

What a difference a year makes! This time last year, the Secretary of the Army had just certified that the Army's approach to Enterprise Email acquisition was in the best technical and financial interests of the Army.

Today, The Army is in the final phase of its migration to Defense Enterprise Email (DEE), and we're now focusing our attention on Army Knowledge Online (AKO) and SIPRNET migrations. With the ongoing support of our mission partners, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC), we have migrated over 1 Million DEE users to date.

As of February, NIPR migrations are complete for Army Accessions Command, Military Entrance Processing Command, Army Material Command Headquarters, South West Asia, and Africa Command/Horn of Africa. We are currently in the process of migrating the Army Medical Command (MEDCOM). Migrations are complete for Army National Guard and Army Reserve using government-provided computers. We started migrating Army Reserve AKO only users in February and will start Army National Guard AKO only users in March.

We recently began the full-scale migration of 650,000 AKO users, which affects Soldiers, Army civilians, and contractors. At the same time, we're accelerating migrations to DEE on SIPRNet, where we've already migrated 36,000 (out of 86,000 total) Army users.

As planned, some organizations will complete migrations after 31 March—the target date for most of the Army. Once DEE migrations conclude, our long-term focus will shift to the continuous improvement of the DEE managed service.

Many users, especially in the National Guard and Army Reserve, have voiced concerns about losing access to AKO mail on their personal mobile devices. In addition some of the 6,000 Beta Mail users in a Microsoft program have voiced concerns about losing access to AKO mail via the Beta Mail’s more relaxed security.

We are working with our DISA partner to understand the policy and security issues with personally owned devices and are working on approaches to provide access to DEE and other Army data in ways that will not put Army data at risk of loss on these devices. To date we have successfully addressed the issue of access to DEE on personally owned desktops and laptops using OWA, and will continue to work the issue of access on smartphones and tablets.

Meanwhile, DISA and the Army are aggressively working mobile solutions for DEE. There are currently several hundred government-owned iOS and Android devices securely using DEE via DISA-hosted Good Technology Corporation mobile servers. The number of mobile devices is scheduled to expand to several thousand over the next several months. DISA will continue to roll out secure mobility enhancements to extend access to more mobile devices.

As always, I am thankful to the entire DEE team for their commitment to seeing this critical effort through to completion.



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