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Computer Hardware Enterprise Software and Solutions is the Army's designated Primary Source for commercial IT

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FORT BELVOIR, VA, February 24, 2017 - Army Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS) in coordination with the Army Contracting Command – Rock Island (ACC-RI) awards Army Desktop and Mobile Computing – 3 (ADMC-3), a $5 billion firm-fixed-price contract, Feb. 16, 2017. The Army Contract Command received 58 bids for the ADMC-3 contract vehicle.

The ADMC-3 contract covers desktop computers, workstations, notebooks, tablets, thin clients, printers and multifunction devices.

ADMC-3 awardees are:

  • Blue Tech
  • Dell Federal Systems LP
  • Iron Bow Technologies LLC
  • Red River Computers Co. Inc.
  • NCS Technologies Inc.
  • Intelligent Decisions Inc.
  • Strategic Communications LLC
  • GovSmart Inc.
  • Ideal Systems Solutions Inc.

Work locations and funding will be determined upon each order, with an estimated completion date of Feb. 15, 2027.

About CHESS
Based on Fort Belvoir, Virginia, CHESS reports to the Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS). Charged by the CIO/G-6 and mandated through Army Regulation 25-1, CHESS is the Army-designated primary source for providing commercial hardware and software solutions for the Army's IT requirements. Offering simple, straightforward contract vehicles through its online Army e-commerce ordering system, the IT e-mart, CHESS directly supports the CIO/G-6 strategy by providing the benefits of continuous vendor competition for best value and consolidating requirements to maximize cost avoidance and leverage the Army's buying power. CHESS works diligently with other Army Knowledge Management partners, including the U.S. Army CIO/G-6, Information Systems Engineering Command and Network Enterprise Technology Command to provide architecturally sound, standards-and-policy-compliant IT enterprise solutions to all Army customers around the world. For more information about CHESS, visit https://chess.army.mil/.

Posted February 24, 2017

PEO EIS BG Burden Hosts First Workforce All Hands

By Ellyn Kocher, PEO EIS Public Affairs

Brigadier General Patrick W. Burden, Program Executive Officer Enterprise Information Systems, held his first All Hands Jan. 11, 2017, at Fort Belvoir.

The two-hour event was BG Burden’s first since assuming the PEO charter in a ceremony Nov. 29 at Fort Belvoir, hosted by Ms. Steffanie Easter, Army Acquisition Executive. Approximately 200 employees attended in person at Thurman Hall, with more than 300 remote EIS employees live streaming to their workstations worldwide.

BG Burden presented overarching Army/ASAALT priorities of Readiness and Future Army, followed by his own strategic priorities, which include: Taking care of Soldiers; efficiencies; an aggressive approach to Cyber defense; resourcing of projects/programs; understanding, helping to shape and executing validated requirements; and delivering capabilities.

“We need to continue to reach out to industry for innovation and expertise,” said BG Burden, “but first, we have to make sure we have the requirements right.”

BG Burden also said that Cyber is of critical importance: “We are actively engaged in developing and deploying defensive cyberspace capabilities to counter Cyber threats.” Other topics in the address included organization updates from the 06-level program managers – who each gave 5-10 minute briefings, hails, farewells and news of promotions – and leadership background and expectations.

Mr. Victor Hernandez, Director of Program Management, and COL Michael E. Sloane, Assistant PEO, both received awards at the ceremony. The All Hands concluded with a question and answer period by the workforce, with topics ranging from telework and credit hours to organizational restructuring and leadership philosophy.

In the address, BG Burden thanked Ms. Terry Watson, Deputy PEO, for her leadership as the Acting PEO for more than a year. “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. “I join the team in thanking her for her leadership, and I look forward to the work ahead.” 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.

BG Burden also thanked the workforce for their support in briefing him and preparing him as he took the role as PEO, and for their support to the Soldier. BG Burden also reiterated, as he had in the Change of Charter ceremony, that the PEO EIS team was a dedicated workforce with exceptional talent, and thanked everyone for taking the time to attend. Burden plans to hold quarterly All Hands events, with the next scheduled for late spring 2017.

Prior to assuming the charter for PEO EIS, BG Burden was the Deputy PEO Ammunition and Senior Commander at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey. Before serving in this leadership role, Burden was the CSL Board Select Project Manager for the General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS), a PEO EIS enterprise resource planning (ERP) financial and procurement management system.

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Posted January 24, 2017

Cyber and the Need For Speed: Innovation Office Would Accelerate Army’s Efforts

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

Wideband Enterprise Satellite Systems (WESS) Launches WGS-8 Satellite

By DCATS Public Affairs

A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket launches WGS-8 for the US Air Force.
Photos: United Launch Alliance
Delta 4 launches WGS-8
A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket launches WGS-8 for the US Air Force. Photos: United Launch Alliance Delta 4 launches WGS-8

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

BG Patrick W. Burden Assumes PEO EIS Change of Charter

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

PEO EIS Welcomes Brigadier General Patrick W. Burden in Change of Charter Ceremony

By PEO EIS Public Affairs

BG Patrick W. Burden
U.S. Army photo by Monica King
BG Patrick W. Burden

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, ellyn.m.kocher.civ@mail.mil

Posted November 29, 2016

GFEBS Dedication Ceremony at Polk Building

By Ms. Pamella Gray, GFEBS Public Communications


Ms. Jane Flowers

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

GFEBS team conducted a Wreath Laying Ceremony

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

LMP's Bill Parker-Combes Selected as GWAC-SOLE Logistician of the Year

By Ms. Christine McMahon (LMP)

LMP's Bill Parker-Combes, Assistant Product Manager for Development and Deployment, accepts his award as the Logistician of the Year from GWAC-SOLE during an awards luncheon on 26 October 2016.
Josh Hackett, LMP PMO
LMP's Bill Parker-Combes, Assistant Product Manager for Development and Deployment, accepts his award as the Logistician of the Year from GWAC-SOLE during an awards luncheon on 26 October 2016.

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

Brigadier General Patrick W. Burden to Assume PEO EIS Charter

By PEO EIS Public Affairs

BG Patrick W. Burden
U.S. Army photo by Monica King
BG Patrick W. Burden

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, ellyn.m.kocher.civ@mail.mil

Posted October 28, 2016