Army Medical Command to move to DISA-run enterprise email

The U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) will begin full deployment of the Defense Enterprise Email (DEE) service provided by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) beginning Jan. 7, 2013, according to an article published on the website. All MEDCOM personnel will migrate to enterprise email by March 31, 2013.

The transition is being done in partnership with DISA, Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM) and the Army CIO/G6 office.

"Enterprise email generates enormous capacity for Army Medicine,” said LTG Patricia Horoho, the surgeon general and commanding general of MEDCOM, in the Army article. “This service optimizes our ability to globally communicate within the Department of Defense and with our federal, state and host nation partners."

This cloud-based service delivers Common Access Card-enabled email on-demand through the Internet on myriad computing devices and operating systems. Features of DEE include: 4 gigabytes of email storage, which is 40 times the current allotment; 3.9 million users in the Global Address List, which includes everyone with a DoD CAC; and calendar sharing with DEE members. Presently MEDCOM's current calendar is limited to Office of the Surgeon General and MEDCOM users.

"Enterprise email is the first of many cloud computing campaigns of innovation and organizational learning, enabling Army Medicine to maintain, restore and improve health," said COL Dave Parramore, Army Medicine chief technology officer, in the article.

In preparation for the transition MEDCOM will migrate all government-furnished computers to Windows 7 by the end of December, as computers must have Windows 7 in order for the Microsoft Outlook program to function.

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