PEO EIS Programs

Ms. Chérie A. Smith
Acting Program Executive Officer,
Enterprise Information Systems

Ms. Chérie A. Smith

Ms. Chérie A. Smith, Senior Executive Service (SES), was assigned to the position of Acting Program Executive Officer Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, in January 2018, having served as the Acting Deputy PEO since October 2017. As the Acting PEO, she is responsible for program management of more than 60 Department of Defense and Army acquisition programs across the business, warfighting and enterprise information environment mission areas. Ms. Smith’s responsibilities include five major Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) efforts representing a projected Army investment of $8 billion over their lifecycles. The PEO EIS organization consists of more than 1,535 military, civilian and contractor staff around the world in 15 countries, and executes approximately $3 billion per year.

Prior to this assignment, Ms. Smith was the Deputy PEO for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation, which has an annual budget in the multi-millions and is staffed by more than 1,200 military, government civilian and contractors. The organization also manages foreign military sales’ programs which support more than 40 countries.

Ms. Smith was also the former Assistant Deputy for Acquisition & Systems Management (ADASM), where she was responsible for overseeing and implementing acquisition policy for aviation, intelligence/electronic warfare, focused logistics, simulation and training and special operations force acquisition programs.

Before her role as the ADASM, Ms. Smith was the Acting Deputy PEO Soldier, responsible for advising the PEO on the entire acquisition lifecycle with principle emphasis on the business management and acquisition aspects of PEO Soldier programs.

Ms. Smith served as the director of forward operations – Kuwait from August 2009 to August 2010. In this role, she successfully coordinated the fielding of over 200 critical programs to theater and led the effort to assess the complex fielding of rolling stock programs coming from Iraq, have them refurbished and redeployed to Afghanistan.

Ms. Smith also previously served at PEO EIS as the program manager for the General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS) from May 2003 until June 2008. She established GFEBS and successfully led the program from the initial concept phase through the system development and demonstration phase. GFEBS will be one of the world’s largest enterprise financial systems with over 79,000 end users at more than 200 Army sites around the world.

Ms. Smith has over 30 years of government experience in all levels of information technology management and development. She began her career as an enlisted Soldier in the Army and served over six years on active duty developing medical scientific software applications at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Health Care Systems Support Activity, Fort Sam Houston. She was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve from 1977 to 1979 and served on active duty from 1979 to 1985.

Ms. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in business from National-Louis University. She is a 2009 graduate of the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where she earned a master’s degree in strategic studies. She graduated from the Defense Acquisition University’s Advanced Program Management Course and National Defense University’s Information Resource Management College for Advanced Management. She is a member of the original Army Acquisition Corps and Level III certified in both Communications – Computer Systems and Program Management.

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