Lt. Gen. Robert S. Ferrell today took his post as the Army’s new chief information officer.
Ferrell, former commanding general of the Army Communications-Electronics Command and Aberdeen Proving Ground, replaces Lt. Gen. Susan Lawrence. The Senate confirmed Ferrell on Dec. 20.
As commander of CECOM, Ferrell was responsible for coordinating, integrating and managing the life-cycles of the Army’s entire inventory of command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems.
Lawrence retired in October after nearly 40 years in the Army. During her time as CIO, Lawrence oversaw the Army’s massive data center consolidation effort, closing more than 130 data centers and identifying more than 1,800 Army applications for retirement. She also led the Army’s effort to migrate to the Department of Defense Enterprise Email system.