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Air Force gets all email into the cloud

The Air Force now has cloud-based email, via Microsoft Office 365, across its bases. Bill Marion, Air Force deputy CIO and deputy chief of information dominance, announced the milestone at the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Northern Virginia chapter's Air Force IT Day Dec. 4, and said the rest of the software suite's capabilities will follow in the next three to four months. 

The service's common computing environment, which contains basic cloud capabilities from networking to identity monitoring and access control in an Amazon and Microsoft native environment, now has 14 live applications. Marion said the service plans to have 100 applications by the end of this year. 

 Additionally, the Air Force is looking to move to a more fluid mobile environment in 2019.

"That's a key initiative for 2019, to drive new ways of delivering mobility solutions at the end device level ... to reduce the attack surface on the desktop," Marion said. "That airman that's got the personal device, how do I provide the super-secure, encrypted container that sits on his phone and is a true DUID delivery method but still allows us to protect our information like we know we need to."

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Lauren C. Williams is a staff writer at FCW covering defense and cybersecurity.

Prior to joining FCW, Williams was the tech reporter for ThinkProgress, where she covered everything from internet culture to national security issues. In past positions, Williams covered health care, politics and crime for various publications, including The Seattle Times.

Williams graduated with a master's in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and a bachelor's in dietetics from the University of Delaware. She can be contacted at lwilliams@fcw.com, or follow her on Twitter @lalaurenista.

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