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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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