U.S. Army Names Robert Barrie Program Executive Officer; Bruce Jette Quoted

U.S. Army Names Robert Barrie Program Executive Officer; Bruce Jette Quoted
Robert Barrie

BG Robert Barrie has been appointed as the U.S. Army’s program executive officer (PEO), succeeding Pat Mason, who served in the role since Jan. 2020, the service branch reported on Wednesday.

In his new role, Barrie will be the Army’s aviation acquisition officer responsible for purchasing and managing the life cycle of the Army’s aviation weapon systems and equipment. He will oversee 10 project offices.

Barrie will be responsible for the offices of Apache Helicopters, Aviation Mission Systems & Architecture, Cargo Helicopters, Utility Helicopters, Improved Turbine Engine, Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft, Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Fixed Wing Aircraft and Multi-National Aviation Special Projects.

From 2013 to 2017, Barrie was the project manager for Cargo Helicopters in PEO Aviation. Following this assignment, he served in the Pentagon as the chief of staff for ASA (ALT). He returned to PEO Aviation as the military deputy in 2019 and served as the deputy PEO from January to June 2020.

Bruce Jette, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army's for (ASA(ALT)
Bruce Jette, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army’s for (ASA(ALT)

“Pat Mason effectively managed an annual budget of eight billion dollars, led a global workforce of 3,000 military, civilian and contractor professionals, and was responsible for more than 60 programs and the largest number of FMS (foreign military sales) cases in the entire Department of Defense,” said assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)) and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, Bruce Jette.

“Serving as a program executive officer requires a special blend of skills, especially in today’s environment,” Jette added. “The job requires strong leadership, sound business judgment, effective communication skills, integrity and technical expertise.”

BG Barrie’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Senior Army Aviator Badge, Parachutist Badge and Air Assault Badge. He is rated in the Chinook, Black Hawk and Huey helicopters

“On behalf of the entire team at PEO Aviation, I humbly accept the responsibility and will do everything in my power to honor that trust that you have put in me and our workforce,” Barrie said.

Potomac Officers Club will host its 5th Annual Army Forum on August 6th. Click here to register for the event. Jette will serve as the keynote speaker to address the latest initiatives and modernization plans for the U.S. Army.

Join the event to hear from notable federal and industry leaders will discuss the progress, innovations and accomplishments of the Army’s modernization renaissance over the last year, what challenges remain, and how industry can help in 2021 and beyond.

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About PEO Aviation 

Established in 1987, PEO Aviation’s top priority is reducing the burden on our Soldiers with a mission focus to design, develop, deliver and support advanced aviation capabilities for operational commanders and our allies. PEO Aviation’s workforce is made up of military, civilian and contractors specializing in acquisition, logistics and technical fields, to include 1,300 people deployed throughout the world supporting combatant command requirements.

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