“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”
– Colin Powell, former U.S. General, Secretary of State, and National Security Advisor
BG Ed Barker
Program Executive Officer
BG Ed Barker assumed responsibility as the Program Executive Officer for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (PEO IEW&S) on June 29, 2023. As the PEO, he provides technical and managerial oversight for the development and acquisition 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, spanning more than 80 Programs of Record and Quick Reaction Capabilities with an annual budget of approximately $2.7 billion, provide a more detailed understanding of the battlefield. Before becoming PEO, BG Barker served as the Deputy PEO.
A native of Minford, Ohio, Ed enlisted in the Army in 1988. He was subsequently awarded an ROTC scholarship and attended Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Graduating in 1992, he was commissioned as an Infantry Officer and stationed at Ft. Hood (now Cavazos), Texas with the 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division in a range of assignments. In 1998, he was assigned to Fort Gordon (now Eisenhower), Georgia, and served in the 513th Military Intelligence (MI) Brigade where he commanded A Company, 297th MI Battalion.
In 2000, he joined the Army Acquisition Corps and was selected for Advanced Civil Schooling. In July 2001, he served as contracting officer at the Defense Supply Center Columbus, Ohio. In 2004, he served as the Director of Contracting for the U.S. Army Office of Military Support. In this capacity, he dedicated his efforts to support the nation’s most sensitive activities in the war on terrorism and other contingency operations worldwide. In 2010, BG Barker served as the Product Manager for Tactical Applications at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). During this time, he deployed as the Mission Commander for a joint NRO/NASA mission and provided assured access from the nation’s spaced-based intelligence and communication architecture. BG Barker assumed duties as the Executive Officer to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)) in July 2013, where he advised and assisted in the management of the Army’s multi-billion-dollar material enterprise.
BG Barker also served as the Project Manager for Soldier Warrior at PEO Soldier from 2015 to 2018 where he led the modernization of the Army’s integrated tactical network. He then returned to ASA(ALT) to become the Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for AL&T. Following this, BG Barker served as the Assistant PEO Enterprise Information Systems and oversaw the integration of the Army’s Enterprise Resource Planning systems.
Barker’s awards include the Legion of Merit with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Expert Infantryman’s Badge and Parachutist’s Badge. He has completed the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Military Intelligence Advanced Courses and attended the Army Command and General Staff College and the Senior Service College at the Eisenhower School. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Marshall University and a Master of Science in Management with an emphasis in Contracting and Industrial Procurement from the Florida Institute of Technology. He also holds a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Eisenhower School. He is Level III certified in Contracting and Program Management.
Ed is engaged to Ms. Amy Siegel from Salisbury MD. Together they have a beautiful, blended family with Farran (22), Jaden (21), and Genevieve (6).
Mr. Nicholaus Saacks
Mr. Nicholaus Saacks became the Deputy Program Executive Officer, Intelligence, Electronic Warfare, and Sensors (PEO IEW&S), Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, in August 2023. In this capacity, Mr. Saacks guides a workforce of more than 1700 personnel supporting over 83 Army acquisition programs and efforts. Mr. Saacks’ responsibilities include the development, acquisition, fielding and support of capabilities that provide Soldiers with the ability to detect, recognize, and identify targets and collect, tag, and mine intelligence to support force protection maneuver, persistent surveillance, and provide a more detailed understanding of the battlefield.
Mr. Saacks, who was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in February 2022, previously served as the Deputy Program Executive Officer, Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T), where he supported the development, acquisition, fielding and support of the Army’s tactical network, a critical Army priority that provides information dominance to current and future Soldiers in challenging environments worldwide.
Mr. Saacks began his career as a Department of Defense civilian employee in 2005 with Army Materiel Command. In 2006, he joined the Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, where he was an item manager for avionics and force protection systems. He became a member of the Army Acquisition Corps in 2009 and subsequently held a variety of sustainment and acquisition logistics positions within CECOM, Project Lead Network Enablers, and PEO C3T. In his role as the PEO C3T Readiness Management Division Director, he was responsible for directing, developing, and implementing logistics, property accountability, and fielding policies for the Army’s tactical network and mission command capabilities. Under his leadership, the PEO successfully fielded the Integrated Tactical Network, as well as state-of-the-art communications equipment to all six Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFABs). Mr. Saacks has been a leading voice in Transition to Sustainment, positively impacting Army policy while consistently transitioning systems to sustainment across the portfolio.
Mr. Saacks holds a Master’s of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. Mr. Saacks is a graduate of the Defense Acquisition University Senior Service College Fellowship and the Aberdeen Proving Ground Senior Leadership Development Cohort Program. He and his wife, Sara, have two children.
Mr. Laurence Mixon
Special Assistant to the PEO
On 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.