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Written by: CIO/G-6
3/20/2012 4:19 PM  RssIcon

I’m pleased to announce that on Monday the Army resumed migrations to the DoD Enterprise Email (EE) managed service. Recall that on Dec. 31, 2011, the Army suspended migrations to address requirements from Congress in the FY12 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

The Army EE report was delivered to Congress on Feb. 16, 2012. 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. For those of you who follow acquisition policy, EE is a Services Category II acquisition, and not a system acquisition. PEO EIS assumed the program management role and assigned a new Program Director.

As scheduled, the Army-DISA EE Service Level Agreement was reviewed during this 2nd Quarter FY12, and is being updated. The teams are discussing several revisions based on lessons-learned from the past 12 months of operational experience. Concurrently, the Army is updating the concept-of-operations document, making drastic improvements to change IT management processes for existing and emerging EE-related tactics, techniques and procedures. These improvements will help with the success of enterprise services beyond email as well.

During the pause, EE clean-up operations were completed in CONUS, the Pacific and Italy, and operational test migrations were conducted in Southwest Asia.

To date there are approximately 310K joint and Army DoD EE users. We plan to begin SIPRNet migrations in 3QFY12. As a result of this recent pause, we expect to complete Army NIPRNET and SIPRNET migrations in 2QFY13. Go to the NETCOM EE website (CAC required) to view the migration schedule.

Once again, I'd like to express my gratitude to the entire team of Army, DISA, Defense Manpower Data Center, Soldiers, civilians, contractors and mission partners who are working to make this critical capability a reality.


Thanks,

Mike

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Re: Army Resumes Email Migrations

I am happy to see a successful IT migration in DOD. There have been very few for those employing the traditional Weapon Systems Architecture and Acquisition Processes that delivery unnecessary customization and schedule delays resulting from analysis/paralysis. I empathize with the struggles both DISA and Army G6 have endured in their efforts to move out quickly, and avoid the many DoD Acquisition fail points.

Thanks to the efforts of both the Defense Science Board and Congress, future DOD IT Acquisitions will be able to avoid the 84 month Defense Acquisition Process and utilize an Agile Acquisition Process called the Acquisition Assurance Method (AAM), which was fully vetted by the JFCOM, BTA, USMC, Navy, and AF. AAM is the only framework to be tuned for the fast paced IT market, and includes a leaned out requirements, AoA, and BCA set of frameworks that allow a PM to both comply and execute in less than four months.

Without the kind of strong leadership supporting Army EE, this procurement would still be stuck in the acquisition process. For that, we are all thankful.

By John Weiler on   3/22/2012 3:53 PM

Hoping to see Change soon! Re: Army Resumes Email Migrations

I only found out about the EE initiative while asking the CA-ARNG J6 about increasing the effectiveness of our own Outlook-based Active Directory email system. The lack of coherent departmental emails and near-total lack of positional-based emails made it almost impossible to find who is responsible for what job... unless you tracked them down through a painful and slow process of "calling around".

Here's hoping that the EE will have positional email addresses correctly linked to the proper personnel!
It certainly will be good to forgo the miserly 100MB limit in our current mailboxes!

Does anyone know the timeline for bringing this to the reserves and NG?

By Jim Bishop on   9/12/2012 4:33 PM

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