Lee James III serves as the Assistant Program Executive Officer (APEO) for Business Mission Area (BMA) at Army Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS) at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. In that role, he is responsible for overseeing three project management offices encompassing the Army’s data, finance and accounting, human capital and logistics programs.
Prior to assuming the APEO role in May 2022, James served as project director for Enterprise Services (ES) at EIS, where he led the project office responsible for acquiring, fielding and performing lifecycle sustainment of enterprise-level services supporting many of the Army Chief Information Officer’s (CIO) largest enterprise initiatives.
From October 2021 to February 2022, James served in a developmental role as acting deputy program executive officer (DPEO) at EIS. In that position, he was responsible for managing a diverse portfolio of 36 program offices and 71 acquisition programs that support and field Army and DOD communications, logistics, medical, finance, personnel, training and procurement systems for every domain, branch, unit and Soldier in the Army.
Before becoming project director for ES in June 2019, James served as the product director for Army Human Resource Systems (AHRS) from June 2015 to June 2018. In that role, he was responsible for managing a portfolio of human resource capabilities that included four sustainment products and two development programs. During his tenure, the AHRS team delivered an incremental suicide risk reduction dashboard to the Army and initiated the development of a modern Army recruiting and accessioning capability.
James’s previous leadership roles at EIS included serving as deputy project director for the Force Management System, assistant project manager for the General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS) and deputy product manager for GFEBS – Sensitive Activities. Before joining GFEBS, he served under the product manager for Joint Automatic Identification Technology, where he was responsible for lifecycle management of the Radio Frequency In-Transit Visibility capability. James joined EIS in 2004 as a staff officer for the Chief Technology Office. He has supported other Army organizations, including Army CIO/G-6 and Network Enterprise Technology Command G-3 Operations, and was competitively selected for the CIO/G-6 Army Knowledge Leaders Program.
James began his federal service at the Army Defense Ammunition Center in McAlester, Oklahoma. He is a member of the Army Acquisition Corps and the American Council for Technology. He holds an advanced Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification in program management and a practitioner certification in engineering and technical management. He was a “Government Computer News” Rising Star in 2008, earned the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service in 2012 and the Commander's Award for Civilian Service in 2009 and 2014. He also received the Department of Defense Chief Information Office Award in 2009.
James graduated magna cum laude from Langston University with a Bachelor of Science in computer science. He received a master's degree in information resource management from Central Michigan University. In June 2019, he graduated from the Eisenhower School of National Security and Resource Strategy, National Defense University, with a Master of Science in national resource strategy.