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PEO EIS Delivers Information Dominance to Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan

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									         ARMY AL&T




PEO EIS Delivers Information Dominance
   to Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan
                                         Jill Finnie



I
    n the business world, it is common knowledge that superior information technology (IT)
    can lead to competitive advantage and successful return-on-investment. The Army’s business
    is conducted on the battlefield and IT systems are key to ensuring that Soldiers, our greatest
investment, stay safe and succeed in their missions. Several hundred Program Executive Office
Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) staff work side-by-side with Soldiers in Iraq and
Afghanistan on a wide range of IT projects that deliver important capabilities. They are
not alone: project and product offices in the U.S. partner with the defense industry to develop
and deploy systems that deliver identity intelligence, electronic medical information, network
connectivity, and computer-based business and logistics tools to ensure troops stay ahead of the
technology curve and out of harm’s way.



                                                       Acting ASAALT Dean G. Popps met with MAJ Robert Ciccolella of
                                                       PM J-AIT during a visit to Afghanistan in early 2009. (U.S. Army
                                                       photo by COL Jonathan Maddux.)




    18   JULY–SEPTEMBER 2009
                                                                                                       ARMY AL&T


Biometric Data Aids                        Communications for Combat Casualty             Product Director for Defense Comm-
Identity Intelligence                      Care (MC4) helps this complicated              unications Systems-Southwest Asia
U.S. and coalition forces guarding         process along. MC4 integrates, fields,          (DCS-SWA), an organization that is
security checkpoints at airports, bases,   and supports thousands of medical              part of the PEO EIS Network Service
ports, and mobile locations need to        information management systems in              Center Project Management Office,
know quickly if a person requesting        hundreds of medical treatment facilities       works to ensure that Soldiers have the
access is friend or foe. For a rapid       throughout Afghanistan and 13 other            bandwidth they need to stay connected
identity check at the scene, and to        countries. To date, military medical           and access mission-critical tools. In
gather crucial intelligence for future     personnel have captured more than 10           2008, DCS-SWA implemented more
use, troops rely on systems developed      million electronic patient encounters          than 90 separate projects to improve
by Project Manager Department of           using MC4.                                     IT services in Iraq, Afghanistan, and
Defense (PM DOD) Biometrics.                                                              Kuwait. The team’s successful efforts
Hand-held scanners capture facial          “Complete implementation of MC4                provided as many as 60,000 Soldiers
features, fingerprints, palm prints, and    and the consistent use of the systems          through three troop rotations with
retina scans and check them against a      in theater are critical to the presidential    increased combat capability at a time
central repository. The Office of the       goals concerning the electronic medi-          when they needed it most—the surge.
Assistant Secretary of the Army for        cal record [EMR], the                                             The team traveled
Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology     capture of appropri-                                              extensively through
(OASAALT) calls these biometric            ate health data, and              These improvements              high-risk areas to
capabilities a “game changer” in           the quality of health                                
								
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