Colonel Michael J. Williams was appointed as the Director of Integration for the Program Executive Office, Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (PEO IEW&S) in July 2021. As the Director of Integration for PEO IEW&S, he manages the PEO IEW&S programs in experimentation, science and technology and modular open system architecture (MOSA) development spanning the Army’s portfolio of intelligence; electronic warfare (EW); cyber; integrated base defense (IBD); force protection; position, navigation, and timing (PNT); biometrics; and target acquisition programs. These capabilities provide the Soldier with the ability to detect, recognize, and identify targets and 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.
In his previous assignment, Colonel Williams served as the Chief of Operations for U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM). A major subordinate command of Army Futures Command (AFC), DEVCOM has the mission to provide innovative research, development and engineering to produce capabilities that provide decisive overmatch to the Army against the complexities of the current and future operating environments in support of the Joint Warfighter and the Nation.
Colonel Williams was commissioned a Second Lieutenant through the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps in May of 1998. He was assessed into the Armor Corps. His operational assignments include Tank Platoon Leader, Scout Platoon Leader, and Troop Executive Officer, 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas; Squadron Adjutant, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Fort Polk, Louisiana; Regimental Adjutant, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Assistant Operations Officer and Company Commander, 4th Battalion 9th Infantry Regiment, Fort Lewis, Washington.
In December of 2010, Colonel Williams transitioned to the Acquisition Corps. His acquisition assignments include Assistant Product Manager (APdM), Command and Control on the Move (C2OTM); APdM, Harbormaster Command and Control Center (HCCC); APdM, Warfighter Information Network – Tactical Increment 1 (WIN-T Inc1); APdM, Ground Mobility (USSOCOM); Program Manager, Special Programs (USSOCOM); Product Manager (PdM), Mission Network; and Director, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Acquisition, Logistics and Technology - Forward (OASA(AL&T) FWD) for the USCENTCOM Area of Responsibility.
Colonel Williams earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University, a Master of Business Administration in Acquisition and Contract Management from the Naval Post Graduate School, and a Master of Science, National Resource Strategy from the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy. He is a member of the Acquisition Corps and is Level III certified in Program Management. He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College, Airborne, and Ranger Schools. Colonel Williams completed the Armor Officer Basic Course, Scout Leaders Course, Armor Officer Advance Course, and the Cavalry Leaders Course.
His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC), the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NATO Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the US Army Ranger Tab, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and the Army Parachutist Badge.
He has three children Cole, Kacy, and Haley.