Lt. Gen. Susan S. Lawrence told attendees of an Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association conference that the military’s future is in joint information enterprise and the Army is now the single service provider for the European theater after both U.S. European Command and Africa Command shut down their individual networks.
The Army announced in October it was moving to enterprise email and has “already migrated more than 300,000 of [its] brave men and women to enterprise email,” according to Lawrence.
“I tell you, this is not about email, it’s about single identity,” Lawrence added.
There are already 13,000 soldiers from other service branches who are on the email network with the Army, Lawrence said. The Army makes up for a quarter of the overall federal data center closures, 800 in all, planned by fiscal year 2015.