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PEO Perspective May 2019

It’s shaping up to be a busy spring and summer as we step into May and the 18th annual Army IT Day at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, Virginia, on the first day of the month. Deputy CIO/G-6 Mr. Greg Garcia and ASA(ALT) Principal Military Deputy Lt. Gen. Paul Ostrowski will kick off the morning program, with an afternoon panel of PEO EIS program officers moderated by Hon. Katrina McFarland (R.). You won’t want to miss Col. RJ Mikesh, PM Army Enterprise Systems Integration Program (AESIP); Col. Chad Harris, PM Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO); Col. Enrique Costas, PM Defense Communications and Army Transmission Systems (DCATS); Col. Darby McNulty, PM Integrated Personnel and Pay System-Army (IPPS-A); Mr. Tom Neff, PM Enterprise Services (ES), and Ms. Balinda Moreland, Technical Chief, PM General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS); as they give an in-depth overview of their programs, future focus and procurement opportunities. The event will be streamed on Facebook Live on the PEO EIS Facebook page.

At the Signal Conference in March of this year, Lt. Gen. Stephen Fogarty, Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER), announced the new Army Enterprise IT as a Service (EITaaS) pilot. The PEO EIS team is proud to partner with ARCYBER and the Army CIO/G-6 as the lead for the procurement effort for EITaaS, which asks industry to propose commercial IT service delivery options with the understanding that the Army would not optimize the network ourselves under the current network modernization funding levels. A Sources Sought notice published to Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) in early April resulted in record response from industry. On May 7, we will host an EITaaS Industry Day at Thurman Hall, Fort Belvoir. Interest has been very high, with over 400 vendors already registered. Industry partners are critical many aspects of Army success. This Army Enterprise IT effort is no different, and we want to hear your thoughts on how to approach this initiative as we kick off discussion at this forum.

Also this month, PM DCO officially opens the Forge with a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 22. The Forge concept is integral to our ability to provide rapid capability to Soldiers at the speed of relevance. The Forge will bring together all of the critical elements, including test and evaluation, for rapid prototyping that responds to emerging threats. Stay tuned to our website and social media platforms in the coming weeks for more information about the Forge.

Acting Deputy PEO Mr. Brendan Burke will speak at the 2019 Midwest Government Contracting Symposium, May 22-23 in Moline, Illinois, providing procurement opportunities and updates to industry on latest acquisition policies and practices, as well as networking with key Army leadership and contracting experts from Army Sustainment Command, Army Contracting Command-Rock Island (ACC-RI), Joint Munitions Command and the Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center.

Here at Fort Belvoir, we will host a Cyber Security Summit May 29-30. Participants will hear the latest on Risk Management Framework processes and solutions to align with DoD, Army, and PEO EIS to help us reduce risk and increase speed and agility in cyber defense. The two-day summit is also a great opportunity to network with other professionals – and attendees will earn a certificate granting 16 CPE credits. To register, please visit:

It is my pleasure to announce that Elanor “Jeannie” Winchester will kick off the busy leadership transition season at PEO EIS as she assumes the charter for the Product Director for GFEBS - Sensitive Activities in a ceremony May 13. Jeannie most recently served as the Deputy Product Manager, Cyber Analytics and Detection (CAD), within the PM DCO. Her selection to this vital position overseeing the protection of financial management transactions for GFEBS is a reflection of her talent, dedication and leadership. Congratulations, Jeannie!

This month, we celebrate Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, an observance established in 1978 to recognize the important contributions to our great nation made by Asian-American and Pacific Islanders throughout history. You can find more on the campaign, “Celebrate! Where Asia Meets America,” through the Library of Congress.

May is also Military Appreciation Month. We will celebrate Military Spouse Appreciation Day on May 11, recognizing the strength and sacrifice of military spouses. On May 19, we honor our military members and their families as we celebrate Armed Forces Day. We close the busy month of military pride with the Memorial Day holiday on May 27. As we gather with our families for this day of reflection, I hope you will join me in remembering and giving thanks for those who stepped up to serve and paid the ultimate sacrifice. We will never forget their bravery.

Thank you for all you do to help us get the latest technology to Soldiers so that they can fight, win, and come home safe.

Connecting the Army. Working for Soldiers.

Cherie A. Smith, PEO EIS