Brigadier General Patrick W. Burden United States Army Program Executive Officer, Enterprise Information Systems
Brigadier General Patrick W. Burden assumed command of the Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) on November 29, 2016. His responsibilities include program management of more than 30 Department of Defense (DOD) and Army acquisition programs across the business, warfighting and enterprise information environment mission areas. These systems support Army and DOD-wide communications, logistics, medical, finance, personnel, training and procurement operations. BG Burden’s responsibilities include five major enterprise resource planning (ERP) efforts representing a projected Army investment of $8 billion over their life cycles. PEO EIS consists of more than 1,500 military, civilian and contractor personnel around the world and executes approximately $3 billion per year.
BG Burden came to PEO EIS after serving as Deputy Program Executive Officer Ammunition and Senior Commander Picatinny Arsenal, where he led the mission to develop and procure conventional and leap-ahead munitions to increase the warfighter’s combat power. Prior to his arrival to 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).
BG Burden was commissioned in the U.S. Army Field Artillery from Alabama A&M University and entered active duty in 1987. His tactical assignments include the 2d Battalion, 3d Field Artillery Regiment, 3d Armored Division in Kirchgoen, Germany, serving as a Company Fire Support Officer, Firing Battery Platoon Leader and Assistant S-3 (Operations Officer) – deploying with the battalion to Saudi Arabia in January 1991 and participating in Operations Desert Shield/Storm as the Assistant S-3; and the 210th Field Artillery Brigade at Fort Lewis, Washington, serving as the Brigade Counter Fire Officer and later Firing Battery Commander for B Battery, 3d Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment.
BG Burden entered the Army Acquisition Corps in 1994 and held acquisition assignments as Project Officer at the U.S. Army Information Systems Software Development Center; Assistant Project Manager for the Aviation Electronic Combat and Comanche Program Management Offices, PEO Aviation; Assistant Product Manager for the Information Warfare Program Management Office, Deputy for Systems Acquisition for the Communications and Electronic Command; Program Analyst, and later Program Manager, for the Global Transportation Network Program Management Office, U.S. Transportation Command; Program Analyst for the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology); Product Manager for Joint Automatic Identification Technology and Project Manager for the General Fund Enterprise Business System, PEO EIS.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Alabama A&M University and a Master of Science in management information systems from Florida Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Armed Forces Staff College, the Advanced Program Management Course at the Defense Systems Management College, and the U.S. Army Senior Service College Fellowship Program at the University of Texas – Austin.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster and several other awards and decorations including the Parachutist Badge and Army Staff Badge.