PEO Perspective March 2015
On Feb. 17, Honorable Ash Carter was sworn in as the 25th Secretary of Defense. Among Hon. Carter’s priorities are a commitment to network modernization and innovative approaches to technology, with an eye toward budget discipline.
After more than a decade of war, the Army and DOD are adjusting to budget cuts, while remaining ever vigilant and progressive. While we’re developing new technologies and embarking on the substantial goal of total network modernization for outdated products and systems, we must also have a plan for systems in sustainment, and for budget-conscious solutions in all of our systems supporting every Soldier, everywhere.
To this end, I recently moderated a panel of PEO EIS leaders at the 14th annual AFCEA NOVA Army IT Day in Tysons Corner Feb. 4, where the panel – made up of Mr. Michael Padden, Project Manager, Installation Information Infrastructure - Communications and Capabilities (I3C2); Mr. Tom Neff, Project Director, Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software, and Solutions (CHESS); and Mr. Jeremy Hiers, Project Director, Enterprise Services – addressed network modernization, enterprise services, and latest news on Information Technology Enterprise Solutions (ITES). An audience of several hundred turned out for the full-day program; slides from our panel can be found at the AFCEA NOVA website.
Also in February, I participated in a panel with Mr. Gary Wang, Army Deputy CIO/G-6, at the annual Federal Networks Conference in Tysons, where we gave a modernization update touching on many of the Army priorities and objectives in the months ahead, to include Unified Capabilities, the huge strides the Army is making with the Joint Regional Security Stacks (JRSS) as part of the Joint Information Environment (JIE), and cyber security strategies.
It was my pleasure to be interviewed for the March 2015 issue of C4ISR & Networks magazine, which gives an overview of where we are one year after my last discussion with C4ISRN in March 2014. In late March, I will be participating in the “In Depth with Francis Rose” program on Federal News Radio – look to our news page for links to both as they become available.
Finally, March is Women’s History Month, and this year’s theme “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives,” allows us the opportunity to recognize the many contributions that women have made to our Nation, and in our Nation’s defense. Women have served in the United States Army since 1775. Throughout the history of our country and in today’s Army, women Soldiers have been a vital and essential part of our force. Today women serve in 95 percent of all Army occupations and make up about 15.7 percent of the Active Army. At PEO EIS, we are indebted to the women in uniform who have served, and to those who continue to that service around the globe today.
Serving Soldiers is the motivating factor behind everything that we do. PEO EIS is proud to be part of the Army team, providing critical services and support to our Troops. Thank you for all that you do in support of this great Nation.
Douglas Wiltsie, PEO EIS