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.



7 comment(s) so far...

Re: Army Pauses Enterprise Email to Prepare Report for Congress

Russ Arden: If your customers couldn't wait to get the EE service they must have had pretty bad service before. Who was your DOIM before transition? If it took the support of that all those people to make the tansition in your organization alone, how much effort is being expended across the entire Army and at what cost to tax payers?

I bet you could get Google or even AOL at half of what the Army is paying Microsoft! And how much is the Army paying DISA and how much is DISA paying for their workforce?

Would love to see the actual facts about how the Army is saving $100M. How was all the lost prdouctivty factored int this savings? And whatever savings the Army has is probably costing DISA. Just saying.

By Army of One on   1/7/2012 11:55 AM

Re: Army Pauses Enterprise Email to Prepare Report for Congress


Thank you for the update and I hope all is going well with preparation.


Implementation across the Army will always be challenging; at least we had leaders willing to attack the problem now - even if the solution was imperfect. Regarding AKO; despite my fondness of unix based systems most folks have seen the writing on the wall since we created accounts all those years ago. As a collaborative tool AKO is almost completely ineffective and needlessly complex and given the (inappropriate) option most folks would prefer googledocs.

Regarding implementation costs of exchange; one enterprise system (even a flawed system) is better than a million bases licensing their own copies of exchange.

I think the bottom here is this ladies and gentlemen; we are moving forward still, so please keep our discourse civil and comments constructive.

By Spence on   1/8/2012 7:28 PM

Re: Army Pauses Enterprise Email to Prepare Report for Congress


Not sure the 350,000 people who login to AKO daily would agree with you that AKO is ineffective.

Would appreciate your input why you believe AKO is ineffective and needlessly complex. Please login to AKO and use the "Tell CPT AKO" option in the left column.

Ken F
Product Director, AKO

By Ken F. on   1/9/2012 12:42 PM

Re: Army Pauses Enterprise Email to Prepare Report for Congress

I will give you a few examples of how AKO is ineffective and needlessly complex:
1) In My Files, I'm authorized 250 mb of space. I currently have 70 mb free because in 2004 someone created a shared folder and made me a member. The documents he posted count against both of our limits and the files are expired (I can't view them). I called the help desk and was told I needed to contact the person that created the folder and either be removed or have them delete the files.
2)In Groups, when I click "groups I am in" it lists 204 group - many of which I have not asked to be in and have no connection what so ever with me. An example is the 163rd Field Artillery/Family Readiness. I have no idea why I'm a member of this group - I don't even know where this unit is. When I was on with the help desk, I was told I am a member of this group because the person who set it up included all Active Duty Army CAC Holders. I was also told the only what to be removed is to contact the administrator and asked to be removed however, with that rule in place I will be added back on. There are a couple of group I asked to be on and if I don't remember the actual name, I have to search through all 204 to find it. The help desk recommend I put those groups in my favorites. This wouldn't be neccesary if I were only in groups I wanted to be in. Most people never check these because it is too difficult to find what they are looking for.

Why is is so difficult to clean up (get rid of) things I don't use? I use it even less because it's too hard/cluttered.

By Kevin on   1/10/2012 8:40 AM

Re: Army Pauses Enterprise Email to Prepare Report for Congress


This is not the place for this dialog. Would like to engage you on all of these issues. Please login to AKO and use the "Tell CPT AKO" option in the left column. There are ways to increase your storage and the groups feature you mention indicate that you are authorized to access content, nothing more.

Looking forward to your feedback in "Tell CPT AKO"

Ken F
Product Director, AKO

By Ken F on   1/12/2012 11:36 AM

Re: Army Pauses Enterprise Email to Prepare Report for Congress

Why wasn't EE a formal acquisition program in the first place?

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