James "Steve" Roberts

Program Executive Officer & Combat Support Service Support
Project Lead, Integration
2024 Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Conference
Mr. Steve Roberts was selected Project Lead, Integration (PL I) in April 2021. In this role, he is charged with providing a spectrum of technology integration expertise and services supporting our PEO’s portfolio -- linking project managers with industry and the Science and Technology community. Supporting programs of record, his team collaborates to rapidly investigate and deliver capabilities improving sustainment mobility, lethality, and the network -- while reducing logistics demands and supporting published Army Strategies. PL I’s focus areas currently include Predictive Logistics; Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Electrification; Data Interchange Processes; as well as Science & Technology Planning, Integration and Transition. As the lead integrating organization, it is imperative his team constantly communicates the PEO’s programs’ current and emerging technology needs to industry, academia, and other Defense Department partners.

Prior to this billet, Steve had been appointed Acting Deputy Program Executive Officer, PEO Combat Support & Combat Service Support, while concurrently serving as not only Assistant PEO for Strategic Operations, but also, Acting PEO Chief of Staff.  In each of these challenging roles, which he fulfilled multiple times, he supported the Program Executive Officer in leading the development, integration, testing, acquisition, fielding, sustainment, and modernization of more than 250 diverse programs of record – as well as all associated Human Capital initiatives aimed at ensuring mission success.

Mr. Roberts is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He also holds master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Catholic University and Program Management from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Steve joined the Department of Defense Civilian workforce in 1991 at the Fort Belvoir Research, Development and Engineering Center in Northern Virginia where he held assignments as a Quality and Reliability Engineer, and later, a System Engineer.  Upon transferring to the Tank-automotive and Armaments Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC, now known as the Army’s Ground Vehicle Systems Center,) Warren, Michigan, in 1995, he served as a System Engineer for Material Handling Equipment and Heavy Tactical Vehicles.

After moving into program management, Mr. Roberts served in various acquisition assignments, including Assistant Program Manager, and later, Program Officer in Project Manager, Heavy Tactical Vehicles; Project Manager, Light Tactical Vehicles; and Project Manager, Tactical Vehicles.  In 2005, he transitioned to a management role as Deputy Product Manager, Light Tactical Vehicles.  From 2009 to 2010, he served as the Deputy Project Manager for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles.  In April 2010, he became the Deputy Project Manager for Force Protection, an organization responsible for roughly 25 percent of the Army’s programs of record with 210 Core and 400 Matrix personnel.

Steve is Department of Defense Acquisition Workforce Advanced Level Certified in Program Management and Life Cycle Logistics as well as Practitioner Level in Engineering and Technical Management and Test and Evaluation. He is the recipient of the Army’s Achievement, Commander’s, and Superior Awards for Civilian Service. He also has been awarded the Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal by the U.S. Army Engineer Association, an honor bestowed upon those who have rendered significant service or support to the U.S. Army Engineer Regiment. He has also been awarded the Samuel Sharp Award by the US Army Ordnance Corps Association, an honor bestowed upon those who have rendered significant service or support to the US Army Ordnance Cops.