by AFSPC Public Affairs
7/9/2015 - PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo, -- The
Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization (DITCO) awarded
the Collaboration Pathfinder through competition to Dell Federal
Systems, L.P. on 19 Jun 2015 with a Period of Performance starting on 22
This pathfinder will leverage a dedicated Department of Defense
Microsoft® Office 365 cloud platform that includes significantly
improved email, instant messaging, desktop voice/video communications,
productivity, and user storage capabilities.
These eServices will enable warfighters to focus on the core cyber
mission instead of managing manpower-intensive IT commodities like
e-mail and SharePoint®. The move to the cloud will also allow the Air
Force to realign critical resources to Cyber Mission areas in a secure
and reliable environment.
As noted in DISA's 2014 - 2019 Strategic Plan, cloud computing plays an
increasingly vital role in the Department of Defense (DoD), with DISA
leading the DoD in teaming with industry to build out DoD public and
private clouds, beginning with Defense Enterprise Email (DEE). Both the
Army and portions of the Air Force have moved to DEE.
"Enterprise email 2.0 unclass will be a completely commercial solution,"
said Terry Halvorsen, speaking Jan. 29 during an industry day at the
Commerce Department in Washington, D.C.
Now the Air Force, in partnership with the Defense Logistics Agency
(DLA), is leading the way in exploring the future of secure and scalable
cloud-based services delivered by industry partners at an affordable
price. The Collaboration Pathfinder demonstrates the ability to conduct
a focused evaluation to ensure the successful integration of industry
technologies with DoD systems and operations.
The capabilities of Office 365 allow the Air Force to pursue the next
generation of enterprise services in a cost-effective and efficient way
that boosts the productivity and collaboration of Service members. The
next generation Information Technology environment will be dominated by
users seamlessly connecting to and through the cloud. The lessons
learned from the Collaboration Pathfinder will provide metrics to
evaluate broader Cloud Service Provider (CSP) solutions.
The Collaboration Pathfinder cloud environment provided by Microsoft
aligns with the Joint Information Environment (JIE) and accelerates the
Air Force toward a consolidated DOD mobile, messaging, and collaboration
The Collaboration Pathfinder's Office 365 core services will provide a
more integrated user experience and a dynamic approach to security,
leveraging commercial best practices, while incorporating the unique
security requirements of the DOD.