June 15th, 2022 9:00am EST Virtual, ON24
The U.S. Army is undergoing a transformational era of modernization. The service branch is investing in innovative new digital technologies, prioritizing workforce development, updating its platforms and weapons for the modern era and adapting to complex geopolitical developments as they continue to evolve.
The Army’s new Digital Transformation Strategy guides the service towards data centricity and technological superiority through initiatives like Project Convergence – the Army’s response to the Defense Department’s JADC2. However, while the Army targets innovation through bold, new programs and weapons systems, it must also balance continuous improvements for its existing and legacy programs in order to build a bridge from the Army of today to the Army of the future.
Join GovCon Wire Events for the Second Annual Army IT and Digital Transformation Forum to hear from government, military and industry leaders on how the Army is leveraging a 21st-century approach to build up a ready, lethal and modern force that can fight and win the battles of tomorrow
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.
Sandra Lopez is the Chief Technology Officer for the Enterprise IT & Cyber Solutions (E&CS) organization within Leidos Defense. Sandra influences and directs technology innovation for the E&CS portfolio of programs across the Army, Navy, Air Force, DISA, NATO, and defense agencies. Her responsibilities include developing short-, mid-, and long-term technology and program-specific strategic plans for the organization and advising on how to achieve them tactically. Sandra’s knowledge and experience inform Leidos’ service offerings in software integration, systems deployment, and operations management services for enterprise management, cloud solutions, and cybersecurity. She provides value-added solutions architecture support to Leidos’ business development and capture management organizations tailored to customer needs, including design, development, engineering, integration, accreditation, deployment, and operations. She has supported projects for U.S. DoD and Intelligence Community agencies in IT modernization, cloud hosting, model-based systems engineering, data analytics, augmented intelligence, and machine learning. Previously, Sandra served in technical leadership roles at SAIC, Engility, AT&T, and Telcordia Technologies over a 38-year career in IT and telecommunications networks management. She managed geographically dispersed technical teams that delivered innovative professional services support to international network service providers, the U.S. Government, all major U.S. telecommunications carriers, leading network equipment vendors, and Fortune 500 enterprises in the United States, Europe, and Middle East. Sandra has experience in delivering managed services and technology management solutions that include network and data center operations management services. Her customers have benefitted of improvements in many Key Performance Indicator areas, including availability, service delivery, quality of service, and customer satisfaction (e.g., 20% improvement in First Call Resolution, sixfold reduction in daily ticket volumes, more than 90% improvement in mean time to repair, 270% improvement in average ticket pickup times, nearly 40% reduction in NOC staff levels). Sandra holds a master’s degree in operations research from Georgia Tech and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University Of Puerto Rico. She is fluent in Spanish and on her spare time loves to bike and kayak.
Mr. Dovarius L. Peoples was selected for the Senior Executive Service in January of 2016. He assumed the position of the Chief Information Officer (CIO)/ G6 in April of 2019 with the US Army Corp of Engineers (USACE). In this role, he serves as the principal advisor to the Commanding General on information technology issues. He is responsible for all aspects of information resource management and information technology for USACE. Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Peoples served as the Deputy to the Commanding General, U.S. Army NETCOM. In this capacity, Mr. Peoples provided senior technical leadership to ensure Army Theater level networks were integrated into the Army's portion of the Department of Defense Information Network (DoDIN) and enterprise constructs. The command employed over 14,000 military, civilian and contractor personnel located in every theater in 20 countries around the world and with an annual budget of in excess of $1.4 billion. Previous Assignments include: September 2009 - April 2010: Information Systems Security Engineer, National Security Agency (NSA), Washington, D.C.; April 2010 - February 2013: Information Assurance Division Chief (IAM), USCYBERCOM J6, Fort Meade, Md.; February 2013 – November 2013: Lead Architecture Engineer, Mobility PMO, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Fort Meade, Md.; November 2013 – August 2015: Deputy Director Operations, US Army Information Technology Agency (ITA), Pentagon, Washington, D.C.; August 2015 – January 2016: Deputy Director Cyber Solutions, Joint Service Provider Pentagon (JSP), Washington, D.C.; January 2016 – July 2018: Associate Chief Information Officer, Office of Personnel Management, Washington, D.C.; July 2018 - April 2019: Deputy to the Commanding General, US Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM). Mr. Peoples’ education includes a Master of Science in Information Technology, with an emphasis in Information Assurance, from the University of Maryland, University College, College Park, Md., awarded in 2012. Mr. Peoples’ also has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, from Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Va., awarded in 2009. Significant Training taken by Mr. Peoples includes the Advanced Program Manager Course, Defense Acquisition University. His certifications include: Program Management, Acquisition Professional Development Program; ITIL Foundations V.3. Awards and Honors include the Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award. Mr. Peoples is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the Association for Computer Machinery (ACM).