The Air Force is exploring abandoning more than 1 million personal computers and replacing them with thin client versions where applications and data would be stored and delivered from remote servers, according to a report from NextGov.

The report said Air Force Space Command has issued a request for informationto industry Thursday that asks for recommendations for switching from traditional PCs to thin or zero clients.

The move would potentially involve replacing 1 million PCs on unclassified networks and 220,000 on classified networks by 2014, with the goal of cutting maintenance and operations costs, and to improve security.

Zero clients have no native storage or processing power. Thin clients have limited processing power to handle graphics and multimedia functions locally.

According to the report, Space Command plans to test the thin client architecture with 9,000 users on the unclassified network and 6,200 users on the classified network at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, but did not specify a date.

The Air Force’s plans echos broader intentions, expressed by Defense Department CIO Teri Takai, for the department to move away from its reliance on PCs