Brigadier General Robert Collins assumed responsibilities as the Program Executive Officer (PEO) for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (IEW&S) in May 2019. As the PEO IEW&S, he provides technical and managerial oversight of the development, acquisition, fielding, and life cycle support of the Army’s portfolio of intelligence; electronic warfare; cyber; integrated base defense; force protection; position, navigation, and timing; biometrics; and target acquisition programs. These capabilities provide the Soldier with the ability to detect, recognize, and identify targets, as well as to collect, tag and mine intelligence which can be integrated into the tactical network to support force protection maneuver, persistent surveillance, and provide a more detailed understanding of the battlefield.
BG Collins was commissioned through ROTC in 1992 into Armor with a Bachelor of Science from Shippensburg University. As a junior officer, he served at Fort Carson as a Tank Platoon Leader in 2-77th Armor Battalion, 4th Infantry Division. Following his branch detail to the Signal Corps, he served in Fort Gordon as a Communications Platoon Leader in the 124rd Signal Battalion, and in Germany as a Battalion Signal Officer and Company Commander with the 1st Infantry Division.
He was then selected into the Acquisition Corps in 2000 and was assigned to U.S. Army Signal Center in Fort Gordon as a Training and Doctrine Command Systems Manager and Combat Developer. BG Collins went on to serve at Fort Monmouth as an Assistant Product Manager (APM) for Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T), and an APM of Software Integration with Future Combat Systems. BG Collins then served in the Pentagon as a Department of the Army Systems Coordinator for Tactical Army Communications systems, and later selected as the Executive Officer for the Army Acquisition Executive and Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology).
From April 2010 to July 2013, BG Collins served as the Product Manager for the WIN -T Increments 2 and 3 ACAT 1D programs within PEO Command, Control, Communications-Tactical at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. Following War College, he was selected to serve as the Army’s Project Manager for Distributed Common Ground System-Army, PEO IEW&S, from June 2014 to July 2018. Prior to becoming the PEO IEW&S, BG Collins served as the Assistant PEO IEW&S from August 2018 to April 2019.
BG Collins holds Masters Degrees from Webster University, Oklahoma University, and the National Defense University. He completed the Combined Arms Services Staff School and Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, as well as the Armor Officer Basic Course, Signal Branch Qualification, Signal Advanced Course, and Systems Automation Course. He is a graduate of Eisenhower School of Strategic Studies at Fort McNair, where he received a Master’s Degree in National Resource Strategy. BG Collins is a member of the Acquisition Corps and is Level III certified in Program Management.
Mr. Mark Kitz assumed responsibilities as the Deputy Program Executive Officer (PEO) for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (IEW&S) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD in June 2019. As the Deputy PEO, he provides technical and managerial oversight of the development, acquisition, fielding, and life cycle support of the Army’s portfolio of intelligence; electronic warfare; cyber; integrated base defense; force protection; position, navigation, and timing; biometrics; and target acquisition programs. These capabilities provide the Soldier with the ability to detect, recognize, and identify targets, as well as to collect, tag and mine intelligence which can be integrated into the tactical network to support force protection maneuver, persistent surveillance, and provide a more detailed understanding of the battlefield.
He previously served as the Director for Acquisition and Engineering in PEO IEW&S from 2015 to 2019. In this position, he was responsible for acquisition management oversight, engineering and integration, cost management, program performance metrics, and earned value management across the 49 ACAT I, II, III and 58 Quick Reaction Capabilities. As the technical authority for the PEO, Mr. Kitz oversaw design engineering and development activities involving 22 programs under Engineering, Manufacturing, and Development (EMD) phase, the process of the budgetary planning and priorities for an annual $3 billion budget. He managed one of the Army’s largest information technology cybersecurity portfolios involving 93 national security and intelligence systems in both development and sustainment. During this time, Mr. Kitz also served as the Acting Deputy PEO for IEW&S.
Prior assignments include serving as the Technical Director for Project Manager Distributed Common Ground Systems–Army
(PM DCGS-A). At PM DCGS-A, Mr. Kitz directed the engineering development activities for programs in the EMD acquisition phase, oversaw the design, development, and contract execution, collaborated with the Intelligence Community and Joint Service PM DCGS-A programs for strategic alignment and unique requirements, as well as responsible for the strategic planning and Army submission of an annual $400M budget. Prior to PM DCGS-A, Mr. Kitz had multiple assignments as an Engineer and Scientist with the Intelligence Information Warfare Directorate of the Communication Electronics Research and Development Command, including Chief Engineer and Project Lead for TROJAN, as well as Director for the Intelligence Processing laboratory.
Mr. Kitz also served as Research Engineer for Defense Science and Technology in Edinburgh, Armed Forces Overseas Australia, where he launched collaborative research between the Army and Australian laboratories in the intelligence and electronic warfare domains.
He was awarded the Superior Civilian Service Award for C4ISR Top Ten Employee of the Year for 2017 on 14 March 2018. He also received Commander’s Awards for Civilian Service in October 2018, November 2013 and February 2009; Army Superior Unit Awards in July 2017, November 2009, and December 2000; Superior Civilian Service Award in April 2015; Achievement Medal for Civilian Service in May 2015; and Certificate of Achievement in December 2001.
Mr. Kitz earned a Master’s Degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor’s from Lafayette College. He and his wife Erika are the proud parents of three young boys. Mark and Erika were raised in New Jersey by families steeped in the tradition of public service with parents serving as policemen and public school teachers. He is an avid runner and triathlete.
May 2, 2016, Mr. Laurence Mixon became the Special Assistant to the Program Executive Officer for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. In this position, he serves as a proactive agent as it relates to the development, integration, and implementation of intelligence within IEW&S technologies. He provides intelligence technical expertise in assisting the PEO in creating and managing program concepts within the IEW&S portfolio to ensure integration and interoperability is achieved among US Army, Army Military Intelligence, intelligence support to Cyber and other intelligence-related Acquisition programs to support full-spectrum force.
Before assuming his position at PEO IEW&S, Mixon served 30 years on active duty as an Army Intelligence Officer with his final assignment as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G3 for U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command. In March 2016 he retired and was selected by the Army to serve as a Defense Intelligence Senior Level member.
As a U.S. Army colonel, Mixon served as the Assistant Chief of Staff-G2 for 1st Corps from July 2010 to August 2013, deploying to Afghanistan for a year as the Chief of the Information Dominance Center, ISAF Joint Command. From June 2008 through July 2010, he commanded the 513th Military Intelligence (MI) Brigade, deploying multiple battalion task forces to Iraq and Afghanistan. From May 2007 to June 2008, he served in Washington, D.C. with the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) as the Intelligence Division Chief and Chief of Staff.
Mixon’s earlier assignments include C2 Operations Chief, V Corps and Multinational Corps Iraq, from June 2005 to June 2006; Commander, 501st MI Battalion, 1st Armored Division, from June 2003 to June 2005 including 14 months deployed to Iraq; MI Force Integrator for the Assistant Chief of Staff, Army G3/5/7, from May 2002 to June 2003; S3, 513th MI Brigade and S3, 202nd MI Battalion, June 1999 to May 2002; MI Transition Course Instructor and Chief of the Battle Technology Lab, U.S. Army Intelligence Center and School, from August 1996 to June 1998; various tactical assignments in Germany, Korea and Fort Lewis, Washington, from May 1986 to July 1996.
Mixon holds a Master of Engineering Degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia, a Master of Strategic Studies Degree from the U.S. Air War College, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Management from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. His military education includes U.S. Air War College, Command and General Staff College, the MI Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Signal Intelligence Officer Course, and Combined Armed Services Staff School.
His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal with 2 Campaign Stars, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 1 Campaign Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with 3 Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (5 Device), NATO Medal, Air Assault Badge, Parachutist Badge, and the Army
Staff Identification Badge.