RDECOM set to transition deputy commanding generals
March 9, 2011
- Brig. Gen. Harold J. Greene set to become PEO IEW&S
- Brig. Gen. John J. McGuiness will become the next RDECOM Deputy Commanding General
The Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army announced new general officer assignments March 9.
Brig. Gen. Harold J. Greene, Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command and Senior Commander for Natick Soldier Systems Center will be assigned as the Program Executive Officer, Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors.
According to the PEO IEWS web site, the organization has the mission to "develop, acquire, field, and provide for life cycle support of intelligence, electronic warfare, and target acquisition capabilities: integrated in the layers of the network, operationally relevant to understanding the battlefield, and enabling persistent surveillance."
Elements of the PEO IEW&S are transitioning from Fort Monmouth, N.J. to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. as part of the Base Realignment and Closure Act of 2005. The move is projected to be complete by September 2011.
Brigadier Gen. Greene is a native of upstate New York. He received his commission as an engineer officer following his graduation from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1980.
He holds a Ph. D. from the University of Southern California in Materials Science as well as masters degrees in engineering from both Rensselaer and Southern California. He also holds a Masters of Strategic Studies degree from the U.S. Army War College and is a registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The Army also announced the incoming RDECOM Deputy Commanding General: Brig. Gen. John J. McGuiness. He will assume duties as Senior Commander for Natick Soldier Systems Center, as well as RDECOM deputy commanding general.
McGuiness is no stranger to research and development community. He is a veteran of the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J. where he served as an Assistant Product Manager (Mortars). He has also worked at Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology as a staff officer and Executive Officer over two assignments. He also is a former product manager for the Bradley Fire Support Vehicle in the Program Executive Office, Ground Combat Systems.
Most recently, McGuiness comes from his assignment as Deputy Commander for Programs, Combined Security Transition Command, Afghanistan.
The Research, Development and Engineering Command works to create balance between developing technology solutions for the current fight and investing in future capabilities for tomorrow's challenges.
The command uses its expansive working relationships with university-level institutions, its small business innovative research agreements and its cooperative research and development agreements with industry as well as international agreements with more than two dozen countries to improve the capabilities of the Army's research, development and engineering processes.
RDECOM is the Army's largest technology developer. It provides the Army critical system engineering capabilities.