The Army announced MG Susan S. Lawrence’s appointment as the Army Chief Information Officer/G-6 on March 3, 2011.
As the CIO, Lawrence reports directly to the Secretary of the Army for setting strategic direction and objectives, and supervises all Army C4 (command, control, communications, and computers) and IT functions. As the G-6, Lawrence supports the Chief of Staff of the Army and Army Staff in performing information management, network operations (including computer network defense), force structure, and the equipping and employment of signal forces. As CIO/G-6, she oversees a $10 Billion IT annual budget.
“Right now, the network is the Army’s number one modernization effort,” said Lawrence. “We want a network that can provide Soldiers and civilians information of all categories and forms, as well as a means to collaborate in real-time, at the exact moment required, in any environment, under all circumstances.”
Lawrence recently served as Commanding General, U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command/9th Signal Command (Army), Ft. Huachuca, Ariz.
Lawrence has served as the Commanding General, 5th Signal Command, while also serving as the CIO/Assistant Chief of Staff, G-6 for the United States Army Europe and Seventh Army (USAREUR). She commanded the 7th Signal Brigade, 5th Signal Command, prior to serving as Chief of Staff and Vice Director, J-6, Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon. She also served as the Director, Command and Control, Communications and Computer Systems, J-6, United States Central Command.
Originally from Ida Grove, Iowa, Lawrence enlisted in the Army in 1972, and received her commission as a Second Lieutenant in June 1979. Lawrence received a Bachelor of Science degree from Campbell University in North Carolina and holds a Master’s degree in Information Systems Management from the University of Georgia.