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Army Nominates New CIO to Fill Big Shoes

Lt. Gen. Susan Lawrence, Photo: army.mil

The Army nominated  Maj. Gen. Susan Lawrence to the service’s top IT post last week, filling a key position vacated in November.

Lawrence’s nomination to the top IT spot came on a day full of career accolades. She was nominated by President Barack Obama to the CIO position on the same day she was also nominated to the rank of lieutenant general, according to a DoD release. The Senate must confirm both nominations.

Lawrence now serves as a special assistant to Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli. Previously, she spent more than two years commanding the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. All told, Lawrence has more than 30 years of military experience under her belt.

And, she now has big shoes to fill — left by former Army CIO Jeffrey Sorenson, a 37-year veteran of the Army and “champion” of IT, who retired in November.

Sorenson was instrumental in the Apps for the Army initiative, which spurred technology and business innovation and foreshadowed current efforts to use smartphones on the next-generation battlefield.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated Maj. Gen Lawrence had already been elevated to lieutenant general rank, when in fact she had actually only been nominated.

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