PEO EIS: Closer to the Customer

PEO EIS Catalog - Spring 2009

Closer To The Customer

PEO EIS provides information dominance by developing, acquiring, integrating, deploying and sustaining network-centric IT and business management systems, communications and infrastructure solutions through leveraged commercial and enterprise capabilities.

The PEO EIS focus is on putting capabilities in the hands of its customers.

Those capabilities range from programs promising to provide all Army personnel with one e-mail address they can use where ever they are in the world, to the recent launching of the next generation in biometric fingerprint analysis, to providing buyers with access to the best IT solutions industry has to offer.

These programs provide users with a more rich online experience, keep soliders connected around the world and give them tools to accomplish their missions.

Managing these and other PEO EIS initiatives is Program Executive Officer Gary Winkler and his team. “Our mission is to put capability in the hands of users, as fast as we can, at the lowest cost for the American tax payer,” explained Winkler.

To do that PEO EIS develops, acquires and deploys tactical and management IT systems and is responsible for more than 120 systems and products. According to Winkler, nearly $4 billion in obligations made FY08 a peak year. And he doesn’t see any drop off for FY09. Just take a look at a sample of what PEO EIS is involved in.

Global Plug and Play
One major PEO EIS effort is the Network Service Center (NSC) initiative said Winkler.

“Basically what it entails is we want to re-architect the Army’s network so that our soldiers and Army civilians—using this global network enterprise construct—can get seamless access to their data, their applications and enterprise services anywhere they go at any time…it’s as if they never moved,” said Winkler. “So it’s global plug and play.” And they get one e-mail address.

To make this happen the Army is looking at fielding around five NSCs. “We are making it Army wide; we are establishing area processing centers (APCs), which are essentially regional nodes throughout the world that will host applications and data and give seamless access anywhere,” said Winkler.

Next Generation Biometrics
New biometric capabilities that went live on January 29, 2009 allow the matching of latent fingerprints taken from most any surface. According to Winkler, within minutes of the Next Generation Automated Biometric Identification System (NGA) going live, it got a latent fingerprint that was 15 to 18 months old, been sitting in the system, and matched it up with a newer print and “we got the identification of a bad guy.” The older system would generate a set of potential matches, sometimes maybe 100 or 200, that manual fingerprint examiners would have to look at. “The newer system took a lot of that manual burden off and is very accurate in its matching capability,” said Winkler.

Winkler also explained that in addition to maintaining existing and developing the NGA, they are helping customers shape their requirements and support structure in order to operate effectively and take advantage of biometrics technology.

Army Wide Mission Support
The National Guard and Reserves used to be just that. But since the global war on terror started, the Army is using the National Guard and the Reserves in a much different manner. “All our enterprise structures support the entire Army which includes the active and the Reserve components,” Winkler said. “We have a few programs that are especially implemented for the Reserve component, such as the Reserve Component Automation System (RCAS) which aids deployment and the National Guards Distributive Training Technology Program which is a distance learning program.” 

While those two specialized programs are for the Reserves, the rest of PEO EIS programs such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), Force Management System, the Army Human Resource System, the Distributed Learning System and medical systems serve the entire Army—active and Reserves.

Your PEO EIS Resource
Inside this resource, you’ll find information about the 120 systems and products that PEO EIS manages. Behind those systems and products is a dedicated team of professionals who are constantly meeting the challenge to do more.

“We constantly manage technology transition and the influx of that technology to support our users in a seamless manner,” Winkler summarized. “Our office is all about gracefully
managing and inserting technology into users’ hands to help them do their jobs; and again doing it at the lowest possible costs as quickly as possible.”