Better, faster, cheaper

Better, faster, cheaper

PEO EIS’ Defensive Cyber Operations office is achieving rapid acquisition of constantly evolving IT by using consortium-based other transaction authority. by Lt. Col. Scott Helmore and Tom Cole, Brig. Gen., USA (Ret.) How to acquire and provide capability better, faster and cheaper has been a consistent theme in defense acquisition for decades. In this era of cyber, information technology (IT) and software-intensive systems, technology moves faster than the traditional acquisition system can support. Traditional timelines for requirements, funding, development, production and fielding span years. By the time systems are delivered to Soldiers, the need they were designed to fill may be several years old. This problem has confounded Army leadership, […]

Holding all the ‘ACE’s

Holding all the ‘ACE’s

How one Army product office used strategic acquisition to drive competition and improve readiness in a specialized market dominated by two vendors. by Ms. Kimberly Davidson and Mr. James Christophersen Late on a January afternoon in Texas in 2015, gunfire shattered the typical silence and echoed through the halls of a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical clinic at Fort Bliss. In a scene too familiar to Americans today, active shooter alarms sounded in the William Beaumont Army Medical Center and two nearby schools—thousands of innocent people were suddenly in danger. Within two minutes of the first shots, a handful of first responders entered the building. Behind the scenes, multiple […]

Communications readiness: ‘Can you hear me now?’

Communications readiness: ‘Can you hear me now?’

PM PERSPECTIVE COL. CHARLES M. “CHARLIE” STEIN by Mr. James Christophersen This column is the first in a new Army AL&T series, PM Perspective, which looks at acquisition from the viewpoint of the program, project or product manager. These are big programs—generally acquisition category I and II— not only in terms of their importance to the Soldier, but also in terms of sheer dollars. How do PMs deal with the complexity of the teams that staff these programs? What do they wish they’d known then that they know now? What lessons can other PMs take from their experiences? Col. Charles M. “Charlie” Stein started his military career as a U.S. […]

I3MP completes infrastructure upgrade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

I3MP completes infrastructure upgrade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

By Scott Sundsvold FORT BELVOIR, Va. – The Product Manager for the Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP) completed the delivery of a state-of-the-art information technology capability modernization effort at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), Washington, in early February. The modernizations enable JBLM to provide a secure suite of collaboration, real-time communications and supporting services to the Soldier and Army business user on any device, anywhere in the world. This modernization effort directly affected the Army network for the project’s core customers at the headquarters for JBLM, the Army’s I Corps and the Air Force’s 62nd Airlift Wing, in addition to the Madigan Army Medical Center and the JBLM Network Enterprise […]

I3MP completes the 25th Infantry Division HSMCC tech refresh

I3MP completes the 25th Infantry Division HSMCC tech refresh

By Scott Sundsvold FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 4, 2017)—The Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP) completed the first Home Station Mission Command Center (HSMCC) Initiative hardware technical refresh, for the 25th Infantry Division (ID) Command Center at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. I3MP oversaw the installation of innovative and cost-saving information technology (IT) solutions that enable mission command warfighting functions to be performed from Schofield Barracks. I3MP, part of the Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems, is the program management office responsible for the overall project management, system design, procurement, technical oversight, information assurance assessment, system integration and testing and system transition of the hardware technical refresh phase. The HSMCC Initiative […]

Faces of the Force: Product Manager Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program

Faces of the Force: Product Manager Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program

Maj. Aleyzer Mora TITLE: Assistant program manager (APM) for command centers, Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP), Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems YEARS OF SERVICE IN WORKFORCE: 4 YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: 20 DAWIA CERTIFICATIONS: Level III in program management EDUCATION: M.S. in acquisition and contracting, Florida Institute of Technology; MBA, Touro University; B.S. in business administration, Methodist University AWARDS: Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)), Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4 OLC), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal (1 star), Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, […]

Army Network Modernization Efforts Wraps Up at Irwin Army Community Hospital

Army Network Modernization Efforts Wraps Up at Irwin Army Community Hospital

By Scott Sundsvold, PM I3MP FORT BELVOIR – The Product Manager for Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (PdM I3MP) has completed the delivery of a state-of-the-art information technology (IT) capability modernization effort for the Irwin Army Community Hospital at Fort Riley, Kansas. “This modernization effort delivers the foundational Installation Capability Set that will connect this critical Army facility with the Army network for the next 10 to 20 years,” said Brendan Burke, product manager for PdM I3MP Assistant Product Manager Alberto Dominguez led the $7.44 million effort for PdM I3MP, completing it on Dec. 15, 2016. Dominguez and his team, known as Assistant Project Manager for Installation Capability Sets – […]

PD I3MP Launches 4QFY16 HSMCC Tech Refresh

PD I3MP Launches 4QFY16 HSMCC Tech Refresh

The Army’s Product Director – Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program initiates the Home-Station Mission Command Centers’ procurement and initial installation in the fourth quarter of FY16 to support the Army chief information officer’s HSMCC initiative. By Scott Sundsvold FORT BELVOIR, Va. – Referred to as a “tech refresh,” the hardware procurement and installation projects at the first Home Station Mission Command Centers (HSMCC) sites, managed by the Army’s Program Executive Office – Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) in cooperation the Army’s chief information officer, will accelerate the standardized command post design envisioned for the future Army. The Army’s Product Director – Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (PD I3MP) will manage […]

I3MP Kicks Off a HSMCC Tech Refresh at Schofield Barracks

I3MP Kicks Off a HSMCC Tech Refresh at Schofield Barracks

FORT BELVOIR, Va. — The Army’s Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP) has begun a Home Station Mission Command Center (HSMCC) Initiative hardware technical refresh of the 25th Infantry Division (ID) Command Center, at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. The HSMCC Initiative is the Army’s evolutionary approach to provide corps, divisions and select other commands the capability to host and operate mission command systems at home station. A three-phase approach has been developed to ensure that mission commands are equipped with this capability. Phase one requires surveys to be conducted through multi-organization survey teams, to determine the operational state of each HSMCC. Information from the site assessments will be used to develop […]

CHESS Has Another Move

CHESS Has Another Move

Reverse auctions turn sellers into bidders and drive competition. by Ms. Stacy Watson In January 2016, Computer Hardware Software and Solutions (CHESS) launched its reverse auction capability through the CHESS IT e-mart website, designed to drive down the total cost of acquisition and increase savings to the buyer. A reverse auction is a method of procurement where the roles of the buyer and seller are reversed to lower prices by increasing competition among vendors. In a traditional auction, buyers compete with each other by offering higher prices to purchase an item from a seller. In a reverse auction, the sellers compete with each other by offering lower prices to sell […]