Home' Army Acquisition Logistics and Technology Magazine : Army ALT April-June 2011 Contents Lawrence, who was promoted to
lieutenant general and on March 3
was appointed as the Army CIO/G-6,
previously headed a comprehensive
review as special assistant to Vice
Chief of Staff of the Army GEN Peter
W. Chiarelli. The review looked for
information technology (IT) efficiencies
in the areas of personnel, processes,
requirements (including technology,
evolution, and testing), and policy.
She shared her perspectives on IT
efficiencies during a panel discussion
Feb. 24 on "Network Enabled Mission
Command" at the Association of the
United States Army (AUSA) Institute
of Land Warfare's Winter Symposium
and Exposition in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
"We run into a unique environment
called culture," she told the audience
of military and industry. "We're really
going to have to change our thinking,"
she said, to make the most of the oppor-
tunities in network modernization.
Among other findings, the IT efficiencies
group identified more than 70 regula-
tions governing the network, many of
them in conflict. "Most were from the
Industrial Age, not the Information Age,"
Lawrence said. The review's findings will
feed into an overarching network strategy
document that the Army is preparing.
The Path Forward
"Right now, the network is the Army's
number one modernization effort," said
Lawrence in an Army statement announc-
ing her appointment. "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."
As the CIO, Lawrence reports directly
to the Secretary of the Army. She is
responsible for setting strategic direc-
tion and objectives, and supervises all
Army command, control, communica-
tions, and computers and IT functions.
As the G-6, Lawrence supports the Chief
of Staff of the Army and the Army Staff
in the areas of information management,
network operations (including computer
network defense), force structure, and
the equipping and employment of sig-
nal forces. As CIO/G-6, she oversees a
$10 billion annual budget for IT.
Lawrence succeeds LTG Jeffrey A.
Sorenson, who retired from the Army
Network modernization neces-
sarily involves multiple players,
Lawrence said. Asked during a
question-and-answer session at the
AUSA meeting who ultimately would
be responsible for its success, she said,
"This is clearly a team sport, and the
picture's getting clearer every day."
Lawrence was optimistic about the
prospects for success, noting that the
Army has already demonstrated the
capability to connect network mission
planning in Afghanistan and in CONUS.
MG James L. Terry, Commanding
General of the 10th Mountain Division
(Light) and Commander of Regional
Command South, NATO International
Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan,
was able to access mission planning doc-
uments developed in CONUS as soon
as he arrived in theater in November,
"We're there. We've just got to be able
to get this executed globally. We're going
to put a battle system command in the
cloud in the very near future," she said.
MARGARET C. ROTH is the Senior
Editor of Army AL&T Magazine.
She holds a B.A. in Russian language
and linguistics from the University of
Virginia. Roth has more than a decade
of experience in writing about the Army
and more than two decades' experience
in journalism and public relations.
LTG SUSAN S. LAWRENCE
LTG Susan S. Lawrence, a native of Iowa,
has served in the Army since 1972.
She was an enlisted Soldier until 1979,
when she received her commission
as a second lieutenant. Since then,
Lawrence has held a variety of com-
mand and staff positions at all levels.
Before her appointment on March 3,
2011, as the Army Chief Information
Officer (CIO)/G-6, Lawrence was
the Commanding General (CG), U.S.
Army Network Enterprise Technology
Command/9th Signal Command
(Army), Fort Huachuca, AZ.
Lawrence also has served as the
CG, 5th Signal Command, while
also serving as the CIO/Assistant
Chief of Staff, G-6 for U.S. Army
Europe and Seventh Army. She com-
manded the 7th Signal Brigade, 5th
Signal Command, before 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, U.S. Central Command.
Lawrence holds a B.S. degree in
psychology from Campbell Univ-
ersity and an M.B.A. in information
systems management from the
University of Georgia. She is also
a graduate of the U.S. Army Com-
mand and General Staff College
and the Army War College.
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