Deputy Program Executive Officer


Ms. Chérie A. Smith, SES, is the Deputy Program Executive Officer for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation. PEO STRI executes a multi-billion dollar program annually, and is staffed by more than 1,200 military, government civilian, and service support contractors. The organization also manages Foreign Military Sales’ programs which support more than 40 countries.

Prior to her current assignment, she was the Assistant Deputy for Acquisition & Systems Management (ADASM). In this role, she was responsible for overseeing and implementing acquisition policy for aviation, intelligence/electronic warfare, focused logistics, simulation and training and special operations force Acquisition programs. She provided the Army's leadership and materiel developers with the necessary engineering/architectural counsel to manage and shape the Army's materiel capability portfolios and to ensure rigor and discipline exist across the acquisition, logistics and technology community throughout the acquisition lifecycle.

Before her role as the ADASM, Ms. Smith was the Acting Deputy Program Executive Officer (DPEO) Soldier where she was responsible for advising the PEO on the entire acquisition life cycle with principle emphasis on the business management and acquisition aspects of PEO Soldier programs. As the Director, Performance Assessment and Root Cause Analyses providing expert services essential for program support, she was responsible for conducting and overseeing performance assessments and root cause analyses on Acquisition Weapon Systems and other large Acquisition programs. She was the Army lead for the implementation of Affordability initiatives for Acquisition programs.

Ms. Smith served as the Director of Forward Operations-Kuwait from August 2009 - August 2010 where she successfully coordinated the fielding of over 200 critical programs to theater and led the effort to assess the complex fielding of rolling stock programs coming from Iraq, being refurbished, and redeploying to Afghanistan. This included critical Soldier protection vehicles like the Up-Armored High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles and Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles. Previously, she was the Program Manager for the General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS) from May 2003 until June 2008. During her tenure, she established the Program Office, successfully led the program from Initial Concept Phase through System Development and Demonstration Phase. GFEBS will be one of the world's largest enterprise financial systems with over 79,000 end users at more than 200 Army sites around the world. Under her management, GFEBS received the Computerworld Laureate Award in 2007 and the Army Acquisition Team Excellence Award 2007-2008.

Ms. Smith has over 30 years of government experience in all levels of information technology management and development. She previously served in the following assignments: Technical Project Manager for ASIMS, PEO STAMIS Senior Liaison Officer to the Pentagon, Acquisition Oversight Manager for GCSS-Army, Distance Learning Program, Biometrics, and the MACOM and Installation Support Module Program. Ms. Smith began her career as an enlisted Soldier in the Army and served over six years on active duty developing medical scientific software applications at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Health Care Systems Support Activity (HCSSA), Fort Sam Houston. She was a member of the USAR from 1977-1979 and served on active duty from 1979-1985.

Ms. Smith earned a bachelor's degree in Business from National-Louis University. She is a 2009 graduate of the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania where she earned a master's in Strategic Studies. She graduated from the Defense Acquisition University’s Advanced Program Management Course and National Defense University’s Information Resource Management College for Advanced Management. As a member of the original Army Acquisition Corps, she is Level III certified in both Communications-Computer Systems and Program Management.