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Dr. Jette Town Hall Visit

By Public Affairs, PEO EIS


Dr. Bruce Jette, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASAALT), held a Town Hall at Fort Belvoir, Va., on Monday, November 26. In addition to the PEO EIS workforce, attendees included teammates from the United States Acquisition Support Command (USAASC) and PEO Soldier, both also located at Fort Belvoir.

Posted November 28, 2018

ITES-3S Contract Awarded

By CHESS Public Affairs

FORT BELVOIR, Virginia. – The Army Computer Hardware Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS) office in coordination with the Army Contracting Command – Rock Island (ACC-RI) awarded Information Technology Enterprise Solutions - 3 Services (ITES-3S), a $12.1 billion Multiple Award Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (MA ID/IQ) contract vehicle, September 25, 2018. The Army Contracting Command received 187 bids for the ITES-3S contract vehicle and awarded 135 contracts, consisting of 85 small businesses and 50 large businesses. The period of performance for this effort is five years, plus four one-year options for a total of nine years of performance if the options are exercised. The ITES-3S contracts will provide enterprise-level services for the Army, as well as other defense and civilian agencies.

The CHESS Product Office is excited about this culmination of several years of effort between the Army and industry. As the Army’s trusted network, hardware and software providers, CHESS supports the Total Army and serves as a committed teammate. CHESS Product Lead, Doug Haskin said “I'm very proud of the work that the combined CHESS and ACC-Rock Island team has done to award this contract. Industry and the Army have invested a lot of time and effort into establishing this contract, and I know the awardees are ready to get started. I'm looking forward to hosting the kickoff meeting very soon and working with everyone to deliver critical IT services to Army, Department of Defense (DoD), and Federal customers.”

The ITES-3S contract includes a full range of services and solutions necessary for the Army to satisfy its support of Army Enterprise infostructure and infrastructure goals with IT services throughout CONUS and OCOUNS locations, including warzone areas. The scope includes the Command, Control Communications, Computers, and Information Management (C4IM) requirements as defined in Army Regulations 25-1 (AR-25-1). Additionally, ITES-3S includes the services and solutions necessary for the Army and other services to transition from current service-centric information environments to the enterprise Joint Information Environment (JIE) as directed by the DoD Chief Information Officer (CIO). The IT services solutions are categorized in the following task areas: Cybersecurity Services, IT Services, Business Process Reengineering, Enterprise Design, Integration, and Consolidation, Network/Systems Operation and Maintenance, Telecommunications/Systems Operation and Maintenance, IT Supply Chain Management, IT Education & Training. Ordering is open to, Army, DoD and other Federal Agencies.

Please visit FedBizOpps for the list of ITES-3S Awardees.

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About CHESS

Based at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, CHESS reports to the Program Executive Officer 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 November 09, 2018

Army Network Upgrades Improve Sunny Point Readiness

By Scott Sundsvold

The Department of the Army’s Product Manager for Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (PdM-I3MP) completed a network modernization project at Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point near Brunswick County, North Carolina during the third quarter of 2018.

One of the largest military terminals in the world, Sunny Point provides a transfer point between rail, trucks, and ships for the import and export of weapons, ammunition, explosives and military equipment for the U.S. Army. As the country’s largest ammunition port, roughly 85 percent of the ammunition used in U.S. combat operations passes through Sunny Point.

This project is in the portfolio of Colonel Enrique Costas, who serves as the Project Manager for Defense Communications and Army Transmission Systems (PM DCATS) and manages the strategic satellite and terrestrial communications programs that support the Army, Joint Services, National Command Authority and combatant commanders. Colonel Costas says, “PdM-I3MP is modernizing the Army networks to enable the current fight and to prepare for the next fight. At Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point, improved network infrastructure enables the necessary high-capacity data throughput to support the immense quantity of munitions passing through Sunny Point for our Soldiers operating across the globe.”

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Pictured (left to right): Product Team Lead William Richardson, Assistant Product Manager Kevin Chinn, Computer Networks Engineer Thuan Phan, Product Team Assist Barry Shambaugh, Network Modernization – CONUS, PdM-I3MP (Photo Credit: U.S. Army)

At Sunny Point, PdM-I3MP upgraded the Installation Campus Area Network (ICAN) Ethernet switches as part of an Army-wide effort with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). The Army and DISA partnered on the network modernization initiative to enable Army installations to leverage DISA enterprise services, improving the foundational ICAN elements and providing the mission-critical capability required by the Warfighter.

Kevin Chinn, the acting PdM-I3MP deputy product manager, says, “Readiness remains the Army’s priority one. The Sunny Point projects supported Army readiness by modernizing, streamlining, standardizing, and hardening the Army network. These projects ensure that Sunny Point has continued, uninterrupted access to the Army’s network, while also reducing the footprint, reducing the attack surface and increasing throughput capacity to 10 gigabytes.”

New Network Switch
One of several new network switches after the network modernization installation. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army)

The PdM-I3MP integrated project team modernized, streamlined and standardized Sunny Point’s network with 10 Gbps switches and routers as part of the over-arching initiative to improve the Army network. The initiative is referred to as Network Modernization – CONUS, or NETMOD-C.

Chinn says, “The Army is following industry best practices to increase the capacity of the network, which will enable Unified Communications (UC) services (VoIP, Chat, IM, Presence, VTC, etc.) with assured and sufficient bandwidth. These network modernizations increased the efficiency, security, predictability, and reliability of the network to ensure Soldiers have sufficient bandwidth to complete their mission.”

On the NETMOD-C team, William Richardson served as the project team lead, assisted by Barry Shambaugh and subject-matter-expert Thuan Phan, a PdM-I3MP computer networks engineer. Together, they planned and executed the network upgrade project. Assisted by Shambaugh, Richardson managed the day-to-day operations, coordinating and collaborating with PdM-I3MP’s industry partner, Vision Ability and Execution (VAE).

Richardson says, “This project was a great success, and we are satisfied with the end product. It directly increased the network capacity and improved the network security at Sunny Point, while setting the conditions for Sunny Point to benefit from DISA Enterprise Services.”

Phan says, "By employing Multi-Protocol Label Switching and other transport upgrades designed to exponentially increase the throughput of the Army network to installations like Sunny Point, the Army network is on its way to being a single, secure, standards-based network that enables global collaboration.”

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Posted November 08, 2018

Project Manager DCO Establishes Product Manager Cyber Analytics and Detection

By Brittney Brown

LTC Leilani Tydingco-Amarante
LTC Leilani Tydingco-Amarante

On Nov. 14th, Project Manager (PM) Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO) will officially establish Product Manager (PdM) Cyber Analytics and Detection (CAD) during an Assumption of Charter at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

The establishment of PdM CAD comes nine months after PM DCO began a complete organizational overhaul in mid-February 2018. The PM previously operated as Installation Information Infrastructure Communications and Capabilities (I3C2), before re-aligning its mission to focus on delivering defensive cyber capabilities. PM DCO will continue to be led by Col. Chad Harris.

“Standing up PdM CAD is one of the final pieces of our reorganization effort, and is a significant milestone as we move forward to provide comprehensive defensive cyber capabilities in support of our stakeholders,” said Col. Harris.

The PdM CAD portfolio will consist of software solutions to enable stakeholder defensive cyber mission planning and execution. Solutions will focus on Cyber Analytics, DCO Mission Planning (DCOMP), User Activity Monitoring/Insider Threat, Threat Emulation, and Threat Discovery. Responsibility for CAD will be granted to DCO newcomer, Lt. Col. Leilani Tydingco-Amarante.

“As the incoming PdM CAD, I look forward to building upon the strong team that already exists within DCO,” said Lt. Col. Tydingco-Amarante. “I was raised in the Army ranks to get missions done while also taking care of your people. That’s something that I will bring with me as I take on the PdM CAD position.”

Lt. Col. Tydingco-Amarante has 20 years of military service and began her career in the Signal Corps. After holding several staff and two Company Command positions, she was assessed into the Acquisition Corps with a focus in Program Management. Before arriving to take on her new position as PdM, Lt. Col. Tydingco-Amarante was assigned as a Program Analyst to the Deputy Under Secretary of the Army-Test and Evaluation.

“Lt. Col. Tydingco-Amarante has a reputation of being an outstanding leader who efficiently delivers results,” said Col. Harris. “She’s proven her ability to navigate obstacles to accomplish missions, and she has the kind of vigor needed to help CAD develop from its infancy stage.”

Posted November 07, 2018