Matthew Sion – Individual Category (First Place) - DoD CIO 2015 Annual Awards

Name and Rank: Matthew Sion / GG-12

Position: 2210 / Information Technology Specialist (Network) / Chief, Systems Support EPIE

Background: Coalition Systems and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Integration

Functional Areas: Enterprise Architecture; Enterprise Services; Command, Control & Communications

Judging Criteria: Improved Information Delivery/Dissemination, Management Efficiency/ Effectiveness, Mission Impact


BLUF: Pioneered the U.S. European Command Partnership (EUCOM) Integration Enterprise leading to a DoD-first for coalition full-motion video, providing NATO shared full motion video aircraft, analysts, and products to coalition partners while preparing the architecture and network to include future nations.

  • Supported 49 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) bilateral operations that maintained 1,020 hours time-on-target, created 2,760 intelligence products, collected 1,800 targets, and captured 1,560 hours of full motion video – providing critical decision making information for two Combatant Commands
  • Drove UAV communication interoperability and merged data feeds from four different sources, enabling first U.S., bi-lateral, and Special Operation Forces exploitation in U.S. Air Forces in Europe
  • Synchronized coalition ISR mission stand-up; streamlined work flows across three Numbered Air Forces – eliminating two hours of latency feeds
  • Engineered the first NATO RQ-4 Global Hawk standard desktop image and implemented functional cross domain solution that reduced coalition targeting time by 70%
  • Sustained anti-Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) operations and provided communication links and assets to support 31 coalition UAV missions, which produced more than 370 hours time-on-target and the creation of 465 products.
  • Launched imagery exploitation communication suite and optimized legacy architecture, deploying the first bi-lateral intelligence collaboration tool
  • Briefed EUCOM Partnership Integration Enterprise to European Distinguished Visitors; identified and sent requirements to Partner Nation CSAF – readying a $150 million MQ-9 Reaper foreign military sale
  • Oversaw full motion video feed shortfall and established three new internet protocol links that increased capacity for surge in NATO operations
  • Authored technical plan for the next generation of coalition ISR, delivering requirements and recommendations for $600K worth of materials and preparing AF Major Commands to execute
  • Pioneered EUCOM Partner Integration Enterprise; engineered network suite by building 19 servers and integrating $1 million worth of IT equipment – turning an intelligence vision of the Chief of Staff of the Air Force into a reality
  • Led system integration of next generation video processing suite; coordinated system install with 5 different agencies--saved United States in Europe $1 million annually
  • Guided a coalition exercise ISR solution and designed integration plan for processing suites, facilitating ISR support across three nations