By Lt. Col. Christopher Cline Mr. Greg Fritz Lt. Col. Karl Gossett
Few things inspire innovation better than a bullet whizzing past your ear. But how does the Army translate the innovation inspired by hostile fire in the physical world to the cyber environment, where the risks are less recognizable but far more widespread?
It is hard to compare the damage inflicted by cyberattacks to casualties or fatalities on battlefields, but recent events such as the Office of Personnel Management workforce data breach have shown we can no longer afford to ignore these attacks and their far-reaching consequences. Fortunately, the Army’s centuries-long experience on battlefields as well as its traditions, culture and values have fostered a spirit of innovation in the cyber environment.
Posted January 13, 2017
By DCATS Public Affairs
The Wideband Global SATCOM-8 (WGS-8) Satellite was successfully launched December 7, 2016, aboard the Delta IV launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s SLC-37B pad.
BG Patrick W. Burden, Program Executive Officer Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS); COL Charles Stein, Project Manager, Defense Communications and Army Transmission Systems (DCATS); and LTC Joel Babbitt, Product Lead, WESS, were onsite to witness the launch – a massive accomplishment towards Army readiness.
WESS - Wideband Control was required to perform software and hardware updates to multiple Wideband SATCOM Operations Management System (WSOMS) sub-systems to support the new WGS-8 Wideband Digital Channelizer (WDC). This upgrade increases the bandwidth available to deployed forces and improves the Army’s readiness for the full range of today's threats. WSOMS is now capable of supporting this next generation of WGS beginning with WGS-8 as well as WGS 1 through 7 satellites currently deployed and operational.
The WGS is the backbone of the military’s global communications infrastructure, transmitting more than 11 Gbps worth of information to support boots on the ground worldwide, and communicate critical information to senior officials.
Two more WGS launches from Delta IV rockets will take place in the next two years to further support the warfighter with enhanced communications capabilities. Congratulations to the DCATS/WESS team on a successful launch!
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Posted December 22, 2016
By PEO EIS Public Affairs
BG Burden assumed the charter in a ceremony hosted by AAE Ms. Steffanie Easter at Fort Belvoir November 29. Some images from the ceremony.
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Posted December 05, 2016
By PEO EIS Public Affairs
November 29, 2016 – Ms. Terry Watson, Acting Program Executive Officer Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS), officially relinquished the PEO EIS charter to BG Patrick W. Burden, former Deputy PEO Ammunition and Senior Commander Picatinny Arsenal, in a Change of Charter ceremony held today on Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The ceremony was hosted by Army Acquisition Executive, Ms. Steffanie Easter.
Ms. Watson was selected as Acting PEO EIS for a second time in November 2015, having previously served in this role from May to October 2011. Throughout her long and successful career with PEO EIS, Ms. Watson has held almost every position in the PEO, from fielding and budget to Deputy PEO, a position she resumes November 29. Her guidance has been instrumental in transforming the Army enterprise through innovative acquisition and material readiness solutions that enable information dominance and the PEO EIS mission of supporting every Soldier, every day, everywhere.
BG Burden held the position of Deputy PEO Ammunition and Senior Commander Picatinny Arsenal from October 2014 to November 2016. In this role, he led the mission to develop and procure conventional and leap-ahead munitions to increase the Warfighter's combat power.
Before his arrival at Picatinny, BG Burden served as the Deputy to the Deputy for Acquisition and Systems Management for the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology). Prior to that position, BG Burden led two PEO EIS programs, as the Project Manager for the General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS), an enterprise resource planning system within the PEO EIS portfolio, and the Product Manager, Joint-Automatic Identification Technology (J-AIT), now part of the Product Lead Automated Movement and Identification Solutions (AMIS).
“It is my distinct pleasure to return to PEO EIS to lead this remarkable team of Soldiers, Civilians and contractors,” said BG Burden. “PEO EIS’ accomplishments are well-respected throughout the acquisition community, as is its dedication to a diverse, complicated and vital mission – connecting the global Army.”
“Terry Watson has led this organization seamlessly and with great success through two transitions, in addition to having served as Deputy PEO for more than five years,” he continued. “She is an extraordinary leader who has been the heart of the organization. Her commitment to the well-being of the team, the mission, and the future of PEO EIS is commendable, and I join the team in thanking her for her leadership.”Media contact: Ms. Ellyn Kocher, PEO EIS Public Affairs Officer, 703-806-3156, firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted November 29, 2016
By Ms. Pamella Gray, GFEBS Public Communications
In a continued effort to pay homage to Veteran's Day, General Fund Enterprise Business System held a dedication ceremony naming the organization's conference rooms on November 10. All of the conference rooms were named after Soldiers that have fallen during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
"This has just been a banner week for us," remarked COL Matt Russell, GFEBS project manager. "It is so humbling, knowing what these men sacrificed, and to be able to make this small dedication to them during the week of Veteran's Day has been incredible." In addition to the dedication of the conference rooms, COL Russell and members of the GFEBS team participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier November 9.
The conference rooms were dedicated to Specialist Salvator Guinta, the first living Medal of Honor Recipient since the Vietnam War; Private First Class Ross McGinnis, the youngest Army recipient of the Medal of Honor for Operation Iraqi Freedom; and Staff Sergeant Jerad Monti, was the first Army Medal of Honor for Operation Enduring Freedom.
The final conference room honors MG Harold Green.
"Although Major General Green was not a Medal of Honor recipient, he was family," Russell noted.
Greene was killed in Afghanistan while serving as Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan. Before taking command he worked within the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) community.
"Many of us in this room knew MG Greene first hand and worked with him on some level," Russell reflected. "I cannot think of a more befitting name for this conference room, and hopefully we will remember his wisdom whenever we use it."
Posted November 18, 2016
By GFEBS Public Affairs
PM GFEBS COL Matt Russell and members of the GFEBS team conducted a Wreath Laying Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery Monday, Nov. 7, in honor of the veterans within the GFEBS program.
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Posted November 15, 2016
By Ms. Christine McMahon (LMP)
On 26 October 2016, LMP's Bill Parker-Combes (right) was honored as the Greater Washington Area Chapter (GWAC) of SOLE - The International Society of Logistics' Logistician of the Year!
Bill serves as the LMP Assistant Product Manager for Development and Deployment, and earned this award for his leadership and outstanding initiative to successfully design, develop, and deploy the LMP Increment 2 to the Army Materiel Command, bringing the system's user base to 30,000 worldwide. His efforts will contribute to delivering $1.4 billion in operational benefits to the Army over the program's lifecycle and avoid $43 million in costs. Bill was recognized today for demonstrated abilities, superior commitment to mission excellence, and exceptional performance in order to further strengthen the strongest Army in the world.Congratulations Bill!
Posted November 10, 2016
By PEO EIS Public Affairs
On Nov. 29, 2016, Ms. Terry Watson, Acting Program Executive Officer Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS), will officially relinquish the PEO EIS charter to BG Patrick W. Burden, Deputy PEO Ammunition and Senior Commander Picatinny Arsenal, in a Change of Charter ceremony on Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The ceremony will be hosted by Principal Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) Ms. Steffanie Easter.
Ms. Watson was selected as the Acting PEO in May 2011, and served as the Acting PEO EIS through October 2011, when she resumed her position as Deputy PEO EIS. She was again selected as Acting PEO EIS in November 2015, and currently serves in this position. In this role, she has been responsible for the development, acquisition, fielding and sustainment of the Army’s enterprise information systems, overseeing an annual budget of nearly $2 billion.
Throughout her long and successful career with PEO EIS, Ms. Watson has held multiple roles with ever-increasing leadership responsibilities. Her guidance has been instrumental in transforming the Army enterprise through implementation of innovative acquisition and material readiness solutions that enable information dominance and the PEO EIS mission of supporting every Soldier, every day, everywhere. She will resume Deputy PEO status after the Change of Charter ceremony.
BG Burden became Deputy PEO Ammunition and Senior Commander Picatinny Arsenal in October 2014, where he led the mission to develop and procure conventional and leap-ahead munitions to increase the Warfighter's combat power.
Before his arrival at Picatinny, BG Burden served as the Deputy to the Deputy for Acquisition and Systems Management for the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology). Prior to that position, BG Burden was the Project Manager for the General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS), an enterprise resource planning system within the PEO EIS portfolio.Media contact: Ms. Ellyn Kocher, PEO EIS Public Affairs Officer, 703-806-3156, email@example.com
Posted October 28, 2016
By LMP PMO Public Affairs
On 12 October 2016, Woodbridge Senior High School (Woodbridge, VA) Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Cadet (CDT) Karen Ordonez shadowed Logistics Modernization Program (LMP) Assistant Product Manager (APdM) CPT Maureen Minder to learn more about the role Army Acquisition Officers play in supporting Soldiers worldwide.
CPT Minder volunteers her time to support the high school’s JROTC program and CDT Ordonez recently expressed her interest in joining the Acquisition Corps and serving the Army in a similar role as CPT Minder. During their visit, CPT Minder took CDT Ordonez to the Pentagon to speak with several LMP partners and leaders, where she learned more about the LMP and its role in supporting the Program Executive Office, Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) mission. CDT Ordonez was even able to observe CPT Minder briefing leadership on the status of the LMP Total Package Fielding effort.
CDT Ordonez is currently a high school senior who serves as the Logistics Officer for her JROTC program. Her goal is to attend the University of Virginia where she intends to major in political science and join the ROTC program.
With her interest and enthusiasm, along with support from people like CPT Minder, we wish CDT Ordonez all the best as she works to achieve her goals!
Posted October 24, 2016
RCAS Exhibits at the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the U.S. (EANGUS) Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA from August 21-23, 2016
By Robert G. Medley, RCAS Public Affairs Officer
New Orleans, LA – Members of the RCAS team had the opportunity to meet face-to-face with Soldiers and personnel from the Army and Air National Guard across the 54 States and Territories who attended the EANGUS Conference. The event was a huge success and provided the RCAS Team with the ability to get first hand user feedback to help make RCAS Products and Services better. For more information on how RCAS may be able to support your organization, please contact Mr. Jim Cook, Chief, Software Sustainment Division for RCAS phone at 703-806-3071 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted September 14, 2016