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CHIPS Articles: DCNO for Information Warfare Releases CVR Teams Sunset Guidance: NAVADMIN 074/21

DCNO for Information Warfare Releases CVR Teams Sunset Guidance: NAVADMIN 074/21
By Vice Adm. Jeffrey E. Trussler, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations - April-June 2021
SUBJ/COMMERCIAL VIRTUAL REMOTE (CVR) TEAMS SUNSET (CORRECTED COPY)//

REF/A/NAVADMIN/OPNAV/161827ZMAR21//
REF/B/DOC/DOD CIO/26MAR2020//
REF/C/NAVADMIN/OPNAV/271858ZMAY20//
REF/D/NAVADMIN/OPNAV/281926ZAPR20//
REF/E/NAVADMIN/OPNAV/022018ZAPR20//

NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 063-21 ANNOUNCING THE END OF LIFE (EOL) OF COMMERCIAL VIRTUAL REMOTE (CVR) TEAMS AND ADDRESSES PROTECTING CONTROLLED UNCLASSIFIED INFORMATION (CUI).

REF B IS DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER MEMO ON TEMPORARY AUTHORIZATION TO USE IMPACT LEVEL (IL) 2 CLOUD ENVIRONMENT FOR CERTAIN BASIC CONTROLLED UNCLASSIFIED INFORMATION (CUI).

REF C IS UPDATED POLICY FOR THE USE OF EMBEDDED COMPUTER CAPABILITIES AND PERIPHERALS TO SUPPORT TWO-WAY COLLABORATION. REF D IS NAVADMIN 123-20, EFFECTIVE USE OF REMOTE WORK OPTIONS UPDATE.

REF E IS NAVADMIN 093-20, POLICY AND GUIDANCE FOR THE USE OF DOD COMMERCIAL VIRTUAL REMOTE (CVR) COLLABORATION ENVIRONMENT FOR OFFICIAL BUSINESS.//

REMARKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces the establishment of the FLANK SPEED effort and provides initial guidance for the Navy transition from the Department of Defense (DoD) Commercial Virtual Remote (CVR) to an enduring Navy Microsoft (MS) Teams cloud-based solution. The pandemic-induced rollout of MS Teams in the form of the CVR not only transformed the way hundreds of thousands of Department of the Navy (DON) employees work, it also demonstrated that modern, commercial best practices can work for the Navy and Marine Corps. Though CVR goes away in June 2021, the need for the workforce to conduct official business any time, from anywhere, and from any device does not.

FLANK SPEED, the named effort and the target environment via MS Teams, will deliver a CVR replacement. A series of NAVADMINs will follow to guide users through the transition ultimately to Microsoft 365 (M365), the long-term Enterprise collaboration and productivity solution.

2. Beginning May 2021, the Navy will start delivering phased access to MS Teams in the FLANK SPEED environment to ensure continuity of collaboration capabilities when CVR sunsets on 15 June.

a. Access to MS Teams will require an account in the FLANK SPEED environment; it does not require the user to be migrated to O365.
b. Accounts will be provided to active CVR and NMCI O365 users first.
c. Follow-on user phasing will be coordinated with Echelon II CIOs to meet mission requirements as network performance allows.

3. Initial MS Teams Capabilities.

a. Creation of shared workspaces for audio, video, and chat. The initial deployment of MS Teams will not allow for audio conferencing "dial-in" like CVR currently supports.
b. Access from Navy Non-classified Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRnet) and commercial internet with the following stipulations:

    (1) Requires Common Access Card (CAC) authentication.
    (2) Government furnished desktops/laptops will have full functionality when accessing from the NIPRnet, whether from the office or via Virtual Private Network (VPN) over a commercial internet.
    (3) Access from commercial internet, whether by government furnished or personally owned desktops/laptops, requires the use of a web browser and data downloads will not be allowed.
c. Will operate in accordance with DoD Cloud Computing Security Requirements Guide Impact Level 5 (IL-5). Services with an IL-5 authorization are able to host DoD Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and National Security Systems information, to include Personal Identifiable Information (PII) and Protected Health Information (HIPPA).
d. Ability to communicate and collaborate with other users in the DoD IL5 M365 environment (i.e. other Services, Combatant Commands, OSD, etc).

4. Future MS Teams Capabilities.

a. FY21: Audio Conferencing capability to allow for telephone dial-in to Teams meetings.
b. FY22 (if approved by DoD): Ability to communicate and collaborate with non-Navy users utilizing non-DoD networks (ie. contractor network).
c. FY22 (if approved by DoD): Access from personal mobile devices.

5. Users with accounts in the FLANK SPEED environment will also have access to OneDrive with 1 Terabyte of personal data storage. Other features will become available as users are transitioned from legacy networks to the FLANK SPEED environment. Additional migration details, including required user actions, will be promulgated separately.

6. Information and additional resources are available at https://portal.secnav.navy.mil/orgs/OPNAV/N2N6/DDCION/FlankSpeed.

7. Direct any questions to the following points of contact:

a. Requirements and Policy: W. Michael Johnson, (703) 330-1406, william.m.johnson1@navy.mil
b. FLANK SPEED Objectives: Jane Tyson, (202) 685-9608, jane.m.tyson1@navy.mil
c. M365 Technical Assistance: Bradley Punch, (843) 218-7136, bradley.punch@navy.mil
d. Navy Champion User Assistance: Travis Larkin, (619) 309-3150, travis.larkin@navy.mil

8. This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until canceled or superseded.

9. Released by VADM Jeffrey E. Trussler, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare, OPNAV N2N6.//

Download NAVADMIN 074/21 here.

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