WASHINGTON (Army News Service, March 9, 2011) -- Maj. Gen. Susan S. Lawrence became the Army's new chief information officer/G-6, March 3, and has also been confirmed for a third star which she will pin on later this month.

She will be only the fourth woman to ever be promoted to the rank of lieutenant general in the Army, and the second one currently serving on active duty with three stars.

Lawrence said as G-6 she will continue to focus on the worldwide network as her main priority, because it's essential to a 21st-century expeditionary Army.

"Right now, the network is the Army's number-one modernization effort," Lawrence said. "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 CIO, Lawrence reports directly to the secretary of the Army and is responsible for setting strategic direction and objectives. She also supervises all command, control, communications and computers and information technology functions while overseeing a $10-billion budget.

In her role as the G-6, Lawrence supports the Army chief of staff in performing information management, network operations to include network defense -- force structure as well as the equipping and employment of signal forces.

Originally from Ida Grove, Iowa, Lawrence enlisted in the Army in 1972 and was commissioned in 1979. She will receive her third star March 25. She holds a master's in information systems management from the University of Georgia.

Her most recent assignment was as commanding general, U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command/9th Signal Command, Fort Huachuca, Ariz. She also served as the commander of the 7th Signal Brigade and 5th Signal Command prior to serving as chief of staff and vice director for the J-6, Joint Chiefs of Staff and as director, Command and Control, Communications and Computer Systems, J-6, U.S. Central Command.