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PEO EIS Programs

PEO Perspective October 2018

Happy New Fiscal Year! I’m proud of the accomplishments that the PEO EIS team has achieved over the past year. Our exemplary workforce continues to fulfill the mission of rapidly delivering innovative and cost-effective systems and services for the Total Force, to globally connect the Army and provide a decisive information advantage to every Soldier. The Army’s top priorities of readiness, modernization and reform are our guiding principles, supported by our business systems and the network – the backbone that makes this all possible.

This summer saw a number of leadership changes as we transitioned 11 of our programs through changes and assumptions of charter and welcomed impressive new talent to our programs who have already hit the ground running with their missions.

I hope many of you were able to catch Acting Deputy PEO Brendan Burke at the AFCEA Belvoir FY19 kick-off luncheon September 26. We appreciate being part of the tradition of the fall luncheon, and Brendan provided an enthusiastic preview of the year to come, including upcoming opportunities to do business with us. Please visit the newly revamped Business Opportunities page on our website, where you can download a copy of the latest list of contracts in a new feature designed to make it even easier for us to connect with our industry partners.

Looking ahead, National Hispanic Heritage Month continues through October 15. Hispanic Americans constitute almost 14 percent of the military, and that number is rapidly growing. The contributions of our Hispanic American Soldiers, civilians and contractors are invaluable to our mission, and we owe a debt of gratitude to these great Americans.

This month we are also in the process of conducting our first re-greening event, which will kick off in the first week of October. Re-greening provides Soldiers and civilians with mandatory training covering a wide range of topics, including an all-hands update, command climate survey results, vital annual training and workshops. To conclude the week of hard work and training, I am very excited to be hosting the First Annual PEO EIS All Saints Ball at the Waterford in Springfield, Virginia. This will be an evening of tradition and celebration recognizing workforce accomplishments and the history and contributions of each Army branch.

October is also Army Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and the timing couldn’t be better for a review of accomplishments -- and a few announcements. Over the past year, Installation Information Infrastructure – Communications and Capabilities (I3C2) has delivered two updates of the PhalanX prototype platform to the Cyber Protection Brigade (CBP), which will integrate defensive cyber capabilities into a one-stop shop. In collaboration with Army Contracting Command – Rock Island (ACC-RI), I3C2 also developed a 90-day acquisition process to support rapid acquisition requirements for defensive cyber. I3C2 project manager, Col. Chad Harris and his team, with support from ACC-RI and the CPB, have hosted four combined industry collaboration events this past year in order to tap into the wealth of industry knowledge and innovation. The cyber environment requires constantly thinking ahead of the current threat to the fight of tomorrow, and collaborative innovation builds the bench by leveraging the best in academia, industry and the government.

This month, I3C2 will be renamed Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO), the Product Office DCO will be renamed Cyber Platforms and Systems (CPS), and the PM will stand up the Product Lead Forge. In November, DCO will also add the Product Office Cyber Analytics and Detection (CAD). Stay tuned to this space as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages for information about these program developments and others. The challenges of defensive cyber are constantly changing, and we must be able to respond at the speed of relevance to deliver timely capability to cyber warfighters.

The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) conference will take place at the Washington Convention Center October 8-10. I am pleased to announce that our leadership will join with Defense News for two engagements this year: Col. Enrique Costas, project manager for Defense Communications and Army Transmission Systems, will discuss the Army’s satellite bandwidth needs in a panel at the Marriott Marquis on Monday, Oct. 8, and Col. Harris will participate in a cyber video interview on the convention floor which will broadcast from the show. Please check our Events page the first week of October for more information!

Finally, I am deeply saddened to let you know that PEO EIS recently lost one of our own. Mr. Charles Hill served as Information Assurance Manager for PM IPPS-A/AHRS since 2009, but his service to PEO EIS goes back to 1999 when the organization was still PEO STAMIS. Charles was a retired Master Sergeant who served the Army both in uniform and as a civilian. Those of us who worked with him remember Charles as a dependable, devoted team player dedicated to the Army values -- a true NCO who was always eager to dig in and find a solution. Charles was an inspiration, a mentor and a role model for many in his generosity and his ethic, and he will be sorely missed.

Thank you for your continued support of PEO EIS and its programs, products and services. Stakeholder management remains one of my top priorities -- I truly believe that Army success is industry success, and we can make a difference together. As we reach out to the community through events such as AUSA and industry collaboration events, we are looking to you to help us create innovative, cost-effective solutions for our Soldiers.

At PEO EIS, we’re dedicated to getting Soldiers to the fight, support the fight and bring them home safely.

Chérie A. Smith
Program Executive Officer Enterprise Information Systems