Army Chief Information Officer Lieutenant General Susan Lawrence celebrated her one-year anniversary as the branch’s CIO yesterday, the first woman to ever hold the position.
As CIO, Lawrence supports the Army chief of staff by advising on network, communications and signal operations, including the impact of communications security, force structure, equipping and employment of network, communications and signal capabilities on Army operations. As CIO/G-6, she oversees a $10 billion annual IT budget.
Lawrence previously served as Commanding General, U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command/9th Signal Command (Army), Ft. Huachuca, Ariz. She also served as the Commanding General, 5th Signal Command, while also serving as the CIO/Assistant Chief of Staff, G-6 for U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army. 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 was commissioned in 1979. She holds a master’s in information systems management from the University of Georgia.