During the Army Acquisition Executive’s (AAE) award ceremony this month, the Honorable Douglas R. Bush, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)), recognized Christopher Ciupinski as the Outstanding Grants/Cooperative Agreement/Other Transaction Agreement Management Professional of FY22. As Acquisition Manager for Project Manager Electronic Warfare & Cyber (PM EW&C) and Director of the Consortium for Command Control Communications in Cyberspace (C5) Other Transaction Authority (OTA) Program Management Office (PMO), Mr. Ciupinski leads the execution and management of over 75 projects being administered under the C5 OTA Agreement throughout the award period.
A major component of Mr. Ciupinski’s role is to support and educate the Army Contracting Command and Army/DoD customer on how to structure and utilize the C5 OTA to help deliver prototype capabilities to the warfighter. His leadership and efforts enabled the C5 OTA to be utilized by multiple Army and DoD organizations coordinating/awarding over 90 contract actions on new and existing prototype projects valued at ~$400M in obligations for FY22.
While Mr. Ciupinski supports all C5 OTA PMO projects, he was a key advisor to the teams executing Program Executive Officer for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare & Sensors (PEO IEW&S) and Army Modernization priority projects, including Terrestrial Layer System-Echelons Above Brigade (TLS EAB) and Third Generation Forward Looking Infrared (3GEN FLIR). His tailored acquisition approach provides flexibility for evolving changes of each project’s requirements. Ultimately, his contributions facilitated rapid prototyping, integration, accelerated fielding and deliveries of capabilities in support of Army Modernization priorities and Multi-Domain Operations.
“This award reflects Mr. Ciupinski’s tremendous commitment to the C5 OTA and its customers as well as the dedication of the entire C5 OTA PMO and PM EW&C’s investment in aligning with the U.S. Army’s mission and soldier needs,” said Mr. Kenneth Strayer, Project Manager for Electronic Warfare & Cyber.
PM EW&C, headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is part of PEO IEW&S and consists of five product offices that acquire and field integrated intelligence, electronic and cyber warfare capabilities to enable spectrum and cyberspace superiority.