PEO Perspective January 2017
Happy New Year!
It has been an exciting year with a lot of change for PEO EIS. It is my honor to have become the PEO in November, and we’re already ramping up for a great 2017. We are not the only organization experiencing leadership change - this year will also see change at the highest levels with a new administration and new Congress. Throughout the coming transition, the EIS mission remains steadfast – to connect and power the global Army for mission success.
PEO EIS has much to celebrate as we close 2016. In May, the Army turned on the LMP Increment 2 Wave 3 functionality at the 14 remaining organic industrial base (OIB) sites, fulfilling its mission of fully deploying LMP to every OIB. This milestone enables ever higher levels of Army readiness, as success through automation is critical for the future Army.
In December, the Army officially stood up the Defense Cyber Operations program office under PM I3C2. The charter was assumed by LTC Scott Helmore, who takes over our critical role in the Army’s Cyber mission from LTC Ossie Peacock, who has successfully led the DCO mission for over a year as the initial strategy development took place. I’m grateful to LTC Peacock for his leadership and representation at several key speaking engagements throughout the year, explaining the important work of the DCO. The Army is actively engaged in developing and deploying defensive cyber capabilities to counter emerging threats, and with this assumption, PEO EIS is the Office of Primary Responsibility for Defense Cyber Operations for the Enterprise Network - non-tactical. In this capacity, we are currently executing four primary efforts: Big Data Platform, DCO Infrastructure, Cyber Protection Team Tools, and Web Vulnerability. Look for more stories from DCO, including our role in Plan X, the four year plan led by DARPA to better identify and target threats to the network. This is an important step in both network modernization and network security for our Army, and we are proud to be on the cutting edge of solving the challenge.
Also in December, the Wideband Global SATCOM satellite #8 (WGS-8) successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Project Lead Wideband Enterprise Satellite Systems (PL WESS), a part of PM DCATS, is responsible for integrating the software and hardware systems used to control the payload on all of the WGS Satellites.
Finally, this year marks the 32nd annual national observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, celebrated on January 16th. It is an occasion for people to remember Dr. King's remarkable life, to rededicate ourselves to implementing his dreams and to stand united by his principles of unity and equality. When we celebrate Dr. King's dream, we celebrate the American dream.
My top priority is supporting our Soldiers and recognizing our dedicated workforce. Our entire team is committed to empowering Soldiers, and keeping them safe and supplied with all that they need to carry out their missions. In the words of Dr. King, “Nothing worthwhile is gained without sacrifice.” Our hearts and our commitment are always with them, and we will never lose sight of their important missions and selfless sacrifices.
Happy New Year, and we look forward to a great 2017!
BG Patrick W. Burden, PEO