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Mr. Terry L. Carpenter Jr.

Program Executive Officer, for DISA's National Background Investigation Services (SES Tier 2) 

Terry Carpenter is the Program Executive Officer (PEO) for DISA’s National Background Investigation Service (NBIS). 

As the PEO for NBIS, he is responsible for leading the effort to design, build, test, field, operate, maintain, and secure the federal-wide information technology (IT) service used to conduct suitability, security, and credentialing investigations for all federal civilians, military members, and government contractors.

Prior to this, he was the PEO for DISA Services Development.  In this position, he was responsible for the acquisition of information services offered to the DoD. This includes the acquisition oversight of multiple portfolios of joint programs that deliver integrated enterprise services and data systems for DISA business operations, DoD enterprise collaboration, cloud computing, and war fighting command and control services. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2017.

Until his appointment as the PEO for Services Development, he served as the Chief of the Requirements and Analysis Office, where he was responsible for the analysis of new requirements; maintaining the requirements baseline and developing business cases for investments in new capabilities aligned with DISA and department strategic guidance. Prior assignments at DISA include serving as the Technical Director (TD) for the Component Acquisition Executive. There, he led development of acquisition strategy and technical implementation planning which included four major portfolios covering enterprise services, mission assurance and information assurance, command and control systems, and communications. This included the development of a Unified Capabilities strategy and tactical plan that drove greater innovation and efficiencies while decreasing new service delivery times.  


Before he came to DISA, he served as the Technical Director and Assistant Program Manager for Production for the Navy Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Program where he earned the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award. As the Technical Director, he was responsible for all technical matters related to Navy ERP, an integrated business management system that updates and standardizes Navy business operations, provides financial transparency and total asset visibility across the enterprise. With more than 72,000 end-users, this enterprise system fully integrated the Navy supply, finance and acquisition business processes.  


Prior to joining the government in 2009, he was the President and CEO of NextGenData, Inc., which designed, developed and operated internet telecommunications and data systems for customers globally. 


Mr. Carpenter has researched methods to increase communication rates and ease of access for Augmentative and Adaptive Communications (AAC) users, and has published research on schema-based organization of reusable text in AAC: user-interface considerations. He has conducted research in human-computer interaction and natural language processing at the Applied Science and Engineering Laboratories operated by the Nemours Foundation/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and the University of Delaware. Mr. Carpenter has also taught college courses in computer science as an adjunct instructor.  


Mr. Carpenter has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics from the United States Coast Guard Academy and a Master of Science in Computer and Information Science from the University of Delaware.