ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (July 13, 2020) – Program Executive Office Command, Control and Communications - Tactical (PEO C3T) formally stood up a new project office for interoperability and integration during a ceremony on July 10, 2020, at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.
Project Lead Interoperability, Integration and Services (PL I2S) is the centerpiece of the PEO’s effort to transform the organization to meet the emerging, cross-functional and rapid acquisition requirements driving the Army’s network modernization strategy.
The new office will also play a key role in coordinating between the Army’s program offices that deliver tactical network capability and the Army Futures Command’s Network Cross-Functional Team, while focusing on capability development that will support network interoperability—a major line of effort within the Army’s network modernization strategy.
“Network modernization is among the Army’s top priorities, and it is critical that our organization evolves to support network modernization goals and match emerging requirements with the capabilities that make Soldiers and units more lethal to deploy, fight and win across all domains,” said PEO Brig. Gen. Robert M. Collins. “The stand-up of PL I2S is an opportunity to work hand-in-hand with developers, users, and the Network Cross-Functional Team to achieve our mutual goal of delivering unmatched tactical network capabilities to the Army and our allies.”
J. Ward Roberts has been selected to serve as Project Lead for I2S. Roberts is the former acting executive director of the Office of the Chief Systems Engineer, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, and has held several notable acquisition positions over the course of his career.
“It is a great honor to take on this role,” said Roberts. “I am excited about what PL I2S will accomplish for the PEO, the Army, and most importantly, our Soldiers.”
Several C3T project and product management offices have realigned to form PL I2S, including Product Manager Command Post Integrated Infrastructure, realigned from Project Manager Mission Command, and Product Manager Tactical Cyber and Network Operations, moving from Project Manager Tactical Network.
They are joined by one new office, Product Manager Capability Set Development, which formally assigns staff and resources to manage technical integration in support of the Army’s desire to introduce significant new network capabilities every two years through capability sets. The new product office will work across the PEO’s project management offices to promote synergy in planning, execution and risk management, and serve as a touch-point for systems engineering, design and testing.
Preceding the stand-up of PL I2S was the stand-down of Project Lead Network Enablers (PL Net E). Chartered in February 2014, PL Net E provided a horizontal, coordinated approach to streamline acquisition, provide key network services, and gain resource efficiencies in support of a simplified and synchronized network infrastructure.
Joining PL I2S from PL Net E are Product Leads for Common Hardware Systems, the Army’s preferred source for commercial IT hardware procurement, and Tactical Network Initialization and Configuration, which delivers critical capabilities that ensure interoperability of digital systems and communication assets for current and future network architectures.
Completing the organizational realignment is Product Lead Communications Security moving from PL Net E to Project Manager Tactical Radios, in order to better align the technical experts that provide radio key and cryptographic capability with the tactical radio programs they support.
The U.S. Army Program Executive Office Command, Control and Communications-Tactical develops, acquires, fields and supports the Army's mission command network to ensure force readiness. This critical Army modernization priority delivers tactical communications so commanders and Soldiers can stay connected and informed at all times, even in the most austere and hostile environments. PEO C3T is delivering the network to regions around the globe, enabling high-speed, high-capacity voice, data and video communications to a user base that includes the Army's joint, coalition and other mission partners.