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Deputy Secretary Of Defense Memo, February 26, 2016 - Implementation of Microsoft Windows 10 Secure Host Baseline

February 26, 2016

Updated 06/01/16

This is an update to the memo released by the Office of the Chief Information Officer of the DoD on November 20, 2015, described and available below.

On 26 February 2016, the Deputy Secretary Of Defense sent the memo below directing the Department of Defense to complete a rapid deployment and transition to Microsoft Windows 10 Secure Host Baseline (SHB). This decision is based on the need to strengthen the Department’s cyber security posture while concurrently streamlining the IT operating environment. US Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) through US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) is to lead the implementation of this directive in consultation with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and the DoD CIO, and the full cooperation of all critical implementation components to include the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and the National Security Agency (NSA) is expected. Implementation of the Microsoft Windows 10 SHB is expected to be complete by 31 January 2017 for all applicable systems for which no waiver has been approved. You may download the memo using the attachment below.

CIO Memo, November 20, 2015 - Migration to Microsoft Windows 10 Secure Host Baseline


The Office of the Chief Information Officer of the DoD released a memo on 20 November as notification that in order to improve our Cybersecurity posture, lower the cost of IT, and streamline the IT operating environment, the Department will transition to Microsoft Windows 10. The DoD will direct Combatant Commands, Services, Agencies and Field Activities (CC/S/As) to rapidly deploy the Windows IO operating system throughout their respective organizations starting in January 2016, and the Department's objective is to complete the deployment by January 2017. You can read the entire memo below.

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