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PEO Perspective August 2018

This August, PEO EIS is focused on upcoming engagements and leadership transitions, innovative acquisition solutions, recognition of Women’s Equality Day, and the busy fall season ahead.

On August 23, you can catch Acting Deputy Program Executive Officer Brendan Burke at AFCEA TechNet in Augusta, Georgia, where he will participate in a panel entitled “Cybersecurity, Our Network, and Talent Management.” Our stakeholder and colleague Major General Garrett Yee, Director of the Army CIO/G-6 Cyber Security Office, will moderate, and Brendan will be joined by Brigadier General Joseph McGee, G-1 Army Talent Management Task Force. I recently tasked Brendan with leading internal talent management initiatives for PEO EIS – a critical focus area as one of my top four priorities. Coupled with his years of experience within the organization leading modernization efforts at the program level, this promises to be a panel you won’t want to miss.

This summer, PEO EIS has been busy transitioning the leadership of many of our program offices. Please join me in offering an enthusiastic welcome to our new program leadership – we are pleased to have you on board, and we look forward to continued success with your talents on the team! To those transitioning out of PEO EIS, I thank you for your service and commitment to the mission and your dedicated support of the team.

The Army Training Information System (ATIS) stood up in July at Fort Lee, and hit the ground running with the announcement of three competitive prototype contracts to address risk reduction and provide technology demonstrations for the ATIS project. The awards are firm fixed price through the use of Other Transaction Agreements (OTAs), and administered through the C5 Consortium Management Group.

In conjunction with Army Contracting Command – Rock Island (ACC-RI), the Product Manager Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO) also announced an OTA for the establishment of the Cyber Operations Broad Responsive Agreement (COBRA), to spur innovative development, demonstration and expedited delivery of prototypes to increase warrior readiness through rapid and responsive solutions. The consortium will provide critical research, experiments, development, testing, modeling, architecture, and evaluation of innovative technology to support prototype efforts, as part of the overarching Cyberspace, Real Time Acquisition Prototyping Innovation Development (C-RAPID) process. For more information on both of these announcements, please visit the PEO EIS website.

OTA contracts provide the Army with easy access to non-traditional businesses and innovative technologies, as well as the ability to rapidly procure capabilities under a prototype arrangement. OTAs also allow for better collaboration between industry and government through the use of consortiums that provide vetted industry and teaming. When the Army Acquisition Executive Dr. Bruce Jette visited us this summer at PEO EIS, he stressed the importance of acquisition innovation – a priority of the Chief of Staff of the Army. Under the consortium approach the Army can freely collaborate with a vetted set of industry members to solve advanced problems through teaming arrangements.

The PEO EIS team is working hard to share contracting opportunities, award announcements and information, with an easier interface coming your way soon – stay tuned to our website and social media sites for more information in the coming months!

Also, a sneak peek at some fall programs: I will be kicking off the new fiscal year with AFCEA Belvoir at their monthly luncheon on September 26 at Fort Belvoir, and PEO EIS will have a presence at the AFCEA NOVA Small Business IT Day in November in addition to our usual presence at the annual AUSA conference in October.

On a national level, we celebrate Women’s Equality Day August 26, commemorating the anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution guaranteeing women the right to vote. It’s incredible to consider that this hard fought victory happened less than one hundred years ago.

The 19th Amendment was first introduced in 1878, but it wasn’t until 1971 that Congresswoman Bella Abzug introduced a resolution declaring August 26th of every year Women’s Equality Day.

The Army has always been a trailblazer, and women have served throughout our 200+ year history. We are indebted to our women in uniform and our civilian service – women continue to break barriers in service and sacrifice to our country.

Thank you to those who serve and who support our Army. In everything we do, we are focused on supporting and securing Soldiers in their missions by connecting the global Army.

Chérie A. Smith
Program Executive Officer Enterprise Information Systems