Army: IT Management and Transformation Forum

Army: IT Management and Transformation Forum

June 17th, 2021 9:00am EST   ON24

The U.S. Army has spearheaded development efforts of new capabilities and truncated legacy programs, which will be integral to new concepts of operations and organizations. Moving forward, the service branch will continue to drive network modernization, invest in next-generation defense systems and spearhead development of new technologies. 

During GovConWire’s Army: IT Management and Transformation Forum, notable federal and industry leaders will discuss The service branch’s IT reform, strategies and priorities, as well as technology management and transformation. 

Featuring Raj Iyer, chief information officer with the U.S. Army, as the keynote speaker, join our event to learn more about the Army’s digital transformation, modernization and cybersecurity initiatives, in addition to how industry can help meet critical missions in 2021 and beyond.

  • John Howell
    John Howell - Panelist
    Assistant Program Executive Officer, Networks, Cyber & Services, PEO EIS, U.S. Army

    John Howell currently serves as the assistant program executive officer for networks, cyber and services at PEO EIS, where he oversees network modernization, defensive cyber operations and enterprise solutions. Most recently, he was the PEO Soldier lead for Adaptive Squad Architecture, which is a line of effort under the Army’s Integrated Visual Augmentation System project. Howell took the ASA lead role after serving for 28 months as the project director for Soldier Systems & Integration, where his responsibilities included managing several of the integration functions across PEO Soldier, Soldier Power, Tactical Communications and Protective System and the Soldier Enhancement Program. Before his tenure at PEO Soldier, Howell was assigned as product director for Enterprise Content Collaboration and Messaging. In this position, he was responsible for Army Knowledge Online, the Army’s enterprise email, the Army’s Unified Capabilities acquisition and several other enterprise services. Previously, Howell was the product director for Enterprise Email. In this role, he worked to provide 1.4 million Army users with state-of-the-art messaging, both classified and unclassified, that allowed access to email from any location, a complete global address list, calendar sharing/management and improved messaging security posture across the enterprise. Prior to becoming a government Civilian, Howell served 23 years on active duty in the Army in a variety of assignments, including 10 years as an Army Acquisition officer. During this time, he served as product manager for Defense Message System at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. Previously, he was also assigned as the acting product manager for Area Processing Centers. Howell earned a Bachelor of Arts in geology and mathematics from Pomona College and a Master of Science in industrial engineering from New Mexico State University. His military training includes: Operations Research and Systems Analysis Military Applications Course, Command and General Staff College and Program Managers’ Course. Howell is a member of the Army Acquisition Corps and is Level III certified in Program Management and Level II certified in Science and Technology Management and Contracting. His personal and unit awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Meritorious Service Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Ranger Tab and Airborne Wings.

  • Raj Iyer
    Raj Iyer - Keynote
    Chief Information Officer, U.S. Army

    Dr. Raj G. Iyer was selected for the Senior Executive Service in November 2020 and assumed the position as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Information Technology Reform in the Office of the Secretary of the Army. As CIO, Dr. Iyer serves as the principal advisor to and directs all matters representing the Secretary of the Army relating to Information Management/ Information Technology (IM/IT). He sets the strategic direction and oversees the execution of policies and programs for IM/IT including managing an integrated IT architecture, enterprise data management, cybersecurity, and cloud management. He oversees the capital planning and execution of $18 billion portfolio for implementation of an enterprise IM/IT programs that deliver a responsive, effective, secure, collaborative and trusted environment of communication, information and technological superiority for the Army and its joint and allied nation partners. Dr. Iyer previously served as the Managing Director for Government and Public Services and Senior Manager, Technology Strategy, Defense, and National Security for Deloitte Consulting LLP, Arlington, Virginia. Prior to his role at Deloitte, Dr. Iyer served as the Senior Technology Advisor for the US Department of Health and Human Services, Bethesda, Maryland; Director, Information Services Design and Development Group, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Baltimore, Maryland; Chief Technology Officer and Acting Deputy CIO, Army Materiel Command, Huntsville, Alabama; Director for Data Management, US Army Tank and Automotive Armaments Command, Warren, Michigan; Program Manager for Product Lifecycle Management, US Army Tank Automotive R&D Center, Warren, Michigan; Chief Technology Officer and Vice President for Product Development, Imagecom Inc., Arlington, Texas; Reasearch Associate, Automation and Robotics Research Institute, Ft. Worth, Texas; and Systems Engineer, FlightSafety International Inc., Hurst, Texas. Dr. Iyer holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from India’s National Institute of Technology, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas, a MBA from the Ross School or Business, University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas. He is Acquisition Corps certified, a Project Management Professional (PMP), and Lean Six Sigma (Black Belt). His top civilian awards and professional achievements include the Meritorious Civilian Service Award and the International William Conroy Standards Professional Award. He has published dozens of peer reviewed papers and articles worldwide. Dr. Iyer also co-founded a venture capital funded startup company focused on developing web-based enterprise software products for design collaboration in the engineering supply chain.

  • Paul Puckett
    Paul Puckett -
    Director, Enterprise Cloud Management Office, U.S. Army

    Mr. Paul B. Puckett III was appointed to the Senior Executive Service and assumed his duties as the Director of the Enterprise Cloud Management Office at the Headquarters, Department of the Army, Chief Information Officer (CIO)/G-6 in November 2019. As the Enterprise Cloud Management Office Director, Mr. Puckett serves as the principal advisor to the CIO/G-6 and other Senior Army Leaders on the Army’s Cloud strategy. He is responsible for assisting in the development of strategy, use, and optimization of Cloud resources, including the areas of cybersecurity, data protection, commercial capabilities, and ensuring network support to the current and future Army force. He will also develop Armywide planning and assist with execution of Cloud planning, migration, operation, and incorporation of advanced services and capabilities across the Army’s four information mission areas of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Analytics, and Data Protection. Just prior to joining the Senior Executive Service, Mr. Puckett was the Federal Chief Technology Officer at a cloud native services provider where he focused on advising Department of Defense and other Federal Agencies on how to enhance their mission effectiveness through the adoption of leading-edge open source technology and modern software automation capabilities. Prior to that experience, Mr. Puckett performed in a number of roles as a civil servant with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). As the NGA’s cloud integration lead, he helped design, build and accredit the agency’s Unclassified Cloud environment. He was the advisor to senior leadership for technical enhancements and agency priorities related to infrastructure and application modernization, and led the agency in developing an enhanced ability to accept and deploy new applications and services, while simultaneously incorporating high levels of security. Before his service with NGA, Mr. Puckett again was in a support role with private industry, providing lead engineering expertise for servers and network systems, and systems administrator training for the Joint IED Defeat Office, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the Department of State. Mr. Puckett holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Management Information Systems from Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia, and a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from the George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

  • Rob Schadey
    Rob Schadey - Panelist
    Director, Business Mission Area, PEO EIS, U.S. Army

    Rob Schadey serves as the Business Mission Area director for U.S. Army Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS). In this role, he is responsible for the integration and modernization of the Army enterprise resource planning systems, with a focus on enterprise initiatives such as cloud computing and data analytics. Schadey began his career as an enlisted computer and network specialist in the U. S. Marine Corps, where he served for six years before transitioning to the private sector. In his next role, Schadey joined MITRE Corporation, where he supported the Army computer emergency response team. He was then selected as a group leader for cybersecurity engineering at Army Information Systems Engineering Command. Following that position, Schadey served as chief technology officer for Acquisition Logistics Technology Enterprise Systems and Services. He then returned to the private sector as vice president and chief information security officer at a startup. Most recently, Schadey resumed his work in civil service at PEO EIS as the chief of cybersecurity architecture, cybersecurity and privacy. Schadey holds a Master of Science in computer science and cybersecurity from Capitol Technology University in Laurel, Maryland. He is a distinguished graduate of the National Defense University Chief Information Security Officer Program, and he holds (ISC)2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Information Systems Security Architecture Professional certifications. Schadey is a recipient of the Superior Civilian Service Award, Secretary of Defense Medal for the Global War on Terrorism, and was twice awarded the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service. He is a member of the Army Acquisition Corps with Level III certifications in both Systems Program Research Development and Engineering (SPRDE) and Information Technology (IT).

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