Leaders at the Army Program Executive Office – Enterprise Information Systems oversee a range of network-related programs and services, and now they’re looking to bring some continuity to the process with a new assistant program executive officer focused on integration.
Mike Padden, who previously served as project manager for PEO-EIS’ Installation Information Infrastructure Communications and Capabilities program, took on the new APEO Network Integration role in late September. Padden says he’ll be working to bring PEO-EIS leadership, including Brig. Gen. Patrick Burden, and other Army leaders a connected understanding of Army information systems and related needs.
“The key to the position is, how can we help? How can we find efficiencies? How can we improve what the PEO is doing?” Padden said in an interview with C4ISRNET. “The scope and the complexity of the PEO touches everybody, every day. I’ll be providing assistance to Brig. Gen. Burden and ensuring the PEO itself is executing and achieving its mission efficiently and effectively.”
Padden said the core mission of his new office is to help provide capabilities more efficiently and effectively, while also helping to ensure PEO-EIS is synchronized and on track with broader Army priorities, such as network modernization.
“PEO EIS is the enterprise systems: It’s the installations, it’s posts, camps and stations. What we’re doing on the network side of the house in terms of network modernization is a major effort to improve the security and bandwidth, to bring high-speed internet to users across the Army worldwide. It’s the infrastructure, it’s the services that ride the infrastructure, it’s communications.”
Padden also expects his new office to play a part in another major Army priority: the service-wide IT network review currently under way across the Army, directed by Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley.
“We haven’t been formally tasked at this point yet but we envision it coming out. The chief of staff is pursuing all things IT, the network end-to-end, and we need to develop a framework of where we are and where we need to be,” Padden said. “And to do that…we’ll be assisting with, ‘here’s the resources we need, here’s what needs to happen to get there.’”