Army suspends migration to Joint Enterprise Email system

| January 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

Margaret McBride
Army News Service

WASHINGTON — The Army has suspended its migration to Joint Enterprise Email to comply with provisions in the fiscal year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, signed into law Dec. 31, 2011.

The Army expects that full operating capability for Joint Enterprise Email users on the non-classified, non-secure Internet protocol router network, or NIPRNet, previously planned for March 31, will slip at least 45 days and possibly more, officials said.

“The Army is using email services from the Department of Defense private cloud instead of obtaining email from local email servers at each installation,” said Lt. Gen. Susan Lawrence, Army chief information officer.

Joint Enterprise Email users with a common access card, or CAC, can access email from anywhere in DOD, and collaborate with any user worldwide via the DOD Global Address List and enterprise calendar sharing.

“We are significantly improving capabilities and security, and simultaneously reducing costs,” Lawrence said.

The Army has projected $500 million in savings over five years.

The restrictions on migration pertain to the Army; other organizations are not affected.

The Army will continue sustainment and maintenance of organizations and sites already migrated to Joint Enterprise Email.

Per the NDAA, the Army cannot use fiscal year 2012 funds to start migration of new organizations and installations to Joint Enterprise Email until 30 days after the report to Congress is delivered.

The Army is preparing the report.

Migrations currently scheduled for January-March 2012 will be rescheduled, pending submission of a report to Congress by the Secretary of the Army.

Planning for NIPRNet Enterprise Email migration of still-unscheduled Army organizations and activities with operationally related temporary extensions will continue, with migration targeted for the June 2012-March 2013 timeframe, G6 officials said.

More than 302,000 Army and Joint Service users supported by the Army have already migrated — 44 percent of the March 31 goal. The delay will impact about 234,000 Enterprise users and 400,000 webmail-only users.

A revised NIPRNet Enterprise Email migration schedule is expected in early February, officials said.

The Army secure network, or SIPRNet, Enterprise Email transition is still expected to occur from April 1- Sept. 30.

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