PEO Perspective January 2015
Happy New Year! It has been an exciting year for PEO EIS – 2014 saw us make impressive strides toward shrinking the physical footprint of our existing network, reducing IT system costs for our customer and the taxpayer, and improving capability and connectivity for the Army.
Our Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program upgrades have begun to lay the Pentagon’s computing infrastructure – the IT backbone for advanced communications across DOD and deployed worldwide. Network modernization efforts also include improvements to defense satellite communications and technology, which will provide military users with expanded bandwidth and better cybersecurity. The Joint Regional Security Stacks pilot at Joint-Base San Antonio is a great example of this success, improving command and control capabilities, offering greater situational awareness, and enabling the single security architecture central to DOD’s joint information environment.
In November, the Combat Service Support Automated Information Systems Interface - CAISI 2.0 - was approved for Full Materiel Release, marking a major accomplishment for Product Director Defense-Wide Transmission Systems, which has managed this system from inception in the early 1990s to this important milestone.
I am very proud of the work our communications, logistics and human capital systems do on to support every Soldier, every day, everywhere. The Integrated Personnel and Pay System-Army (IPPS-A) achieved Milestone B in December, which will provide a comprehensive personnel and pay record for every Soldier in all Army components. DOD Biometrics released the next-generation Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS 1.2) in October and expects a Full Deployment Decision later in the year. Holding up to 18 million records and 30,000 daily transactions, ABIS 1.2 will allow users to work in a more secure system of modernized hardware and software with enhanced transaction management, monitoring, and data sharing features.
The New Year looks even brighter. With the passage of the fiscal year 2015 budget, our programs can innovate and execute with a certainty that hasn’t existed in past years. We’re also expecting to establish new program offices over the next year, improving on new technology, and increasing our capabilities, proving that the Army really does run on EIS – so please stay tuned!
We rely on our mission partners and innovators in industry to help us accomplish these missions. As part of a collaborative effort to share information and to promote innovation, we will continue our successful information exchanges with our industry partners. We hope that you will join us for these events, which take place at Fort Belvoir. The exchanges have been well-attended and have resulted in closer partnering with many of our programs.
My top priority is supporting our Soldiers and caring for our dedicated workforce. Our entire team is committed to connecting the Soldiers, empowering them to carry out their missions, and keeping them safe. Our hearts and enduring resolve are always with them, and we will never lose sight of their important missions and selfless sacrifices.
Happy New Year and best wishes in 2015.