CHESS Adds Tablets and Slates for Consolidated Buy

Michael Dorsey

The Project Director Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software, and Solutions (CHESS) opened the 15th Consolidated Buy (CB) for ordering June 18 with the announcement that tablets and slates are now available to all government organizations purchasing desktops, notebooks, and printers during CB-15. The ordering period runs through Sept. 30.

Tablets offer a highly mobile platform that performs similar to laptops but weighs less and has touch-screen capability. Slates—smaller tablets with touch-screen imprint—are also being offered. Customers can choose from eight tablets and slates.

What distinguishes the tablets and slates offered in CB-15 is their ability to meet network standards and run the Microsoft Windows-based Army Golden Master. This means they can connect to the Army network, process For Official Use Only documents, and obtain standard security patches.

The CB-15 is open to all government agencies and employees eligible to buy from CHESS, the Army-mandated purchasing program.

For more information on the tablets and slates, go to For information on purchases by individual government employees through the Government Employees Purchase Program, click on “Resources.”

CHESS has also established an Army Knowledge Online page where customers can review
benchmark information for CB desktops and notebooks.

The CB program offers substantial savings regardless of the quantities procured. CB products and prices are available on the CHESS website in the online comparison tool and in a downloadable spreadsheet file, making it easy for customers to compare products and prices by category and assess all eight Army Desktop and Mobile Computing 2 vendor product offerings.


Leveraging the Army’s buying power, CHESS, the Army’s designated primary source for procurement of commercial off-the-shelf information technology (IT) products, now makes tablets and slates available through its online ordering system, IT e-mart. (Image by David Baker, PEO EIS)


  • MICHAEL DORSEY is the Strategic Communications Officer for CHESS within Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) at Fort Belvoir, VA. He holds a B.A. in communication studies from the University of Maryland. Dorsey is also a graduate of the U.S. Defense Information School. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran with more than 20 years’ experience in military public affairs.