Air Force awards $1B CHES cloud contract

According to Dell EMC, it's the largest federal cloud-based unified communications and collaboration contract.
(Air Force photo)

The Air Force awarded a $1 billion contract to Dell EMC, General Dynamics and Microsoft to continue its massive migration to the cloud.

Through the five-year contract, the trio of contractors will implement the Air Force’s Cloud Hosted Enterprise Services program — a continuation of the Collaboration Pathfinder initiative to deploy Microsoft Office 365 with email, productivity and communications tools. Dell, Microsoft and General Dynamics Information Technology held that 2015 contract.

The new CHES contract, though, is much wider in scope, and according to Dell EMC, it’s the largest federal cloud-based unified communications and collaboration contract. It will leverage enterprise-as-a-service cloud to deliver information, communications, email, collaboration services, office productivity and records management capabilities to 776,000 users across the Air Force, as well as the Defense Logistics Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

As of late August, about 100,000 airmen had such capabilities in the cloud, Air Force Space Commander Gen. John Raymond said then at an event. This new contract will make is so “nobody gets the ‘your mailbox is too full’ anymore,” he said. By outsourcing IT, it lets airmen focus on their primary duties, Raymond said.


The contractors have ambitious goals, hoping to roll out the entire program in the first year — “a schedule that will allow the services to focus on their core mission and reduce costs as data centers are consolidated under this effort,” according to a release from Dell EMC.

Billy Mitchell

Written by Billy Mitchell

Billy Mitchell is Senior Vice President and Executive Editor of Scoop News Group's editorial brands. He oversees operations, strategy and growth of SNG's award-winning tech publications, FedScoop, StateScoop, CyberScoop, EdScoop and DefenseScoop. After earning his journalism degree at Virginia Tech and winning the school's Excellence in Print Journalism award, Billy received his master's degree from New York University in magazine writing while interning at publications like Rolling Stone.

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