The Department of Defense announced new Army leaders for two of its acquisition offices May 21.

The Army named Ross Guckert as the new leader of Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems, according to a May 21 tweet.

Guckert will arrive from Army PEO Soldier where he has served as deputy program executive officer since September 2018. He is replacing Cherie Smith, who is retiring after 42 years of Army service, according to an PEO EIS spokesperson.

Smith was named the EIS’ leader in April 2018.

“Ross brings strong leadership and judgment, a keen understanding of our environment and challenges, and a commitment to the goal of modernizing the network, connecting our Army, and serving Soldiers,” Smith said in a May 5 blog post for the organization.

As the new leader, Guckert will oversee a budget of $4.3 billion dedicated to delivering and managing the information technology environment for soldiers.

At Army PEO Soldier, Guckert was part of overseeing more than 150 programs of record as part of the program’s work on the soldier kit, according to a service biography.

In addition, May 21, the Senate confirmed Maj. Gen. David Bassett as the director of the Defense Contract Management Agency and promotion to lieutenant general.

Bassett will assume his new role June 4. He currently leads the Army’s Program Executive Office for Command Control Communications - Tactical.

Andrew Eversden covers all things defense technology for C4ISRNET. He previously reported on federal IT and cybersecurity for Federal Times and Fifth Domain, and worked as a congressional reporting fellow for the Texas Tribune. He was also a Washington intern for the Durango Herald. Andrew is a graduate of American University.

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