Army names Susan Lawrence new CIO

Friday - 3/4/2011, 4:38pm EST

The Army appointed Lt. Gen. Susan S. Lawrence as chief information officer on Thursday.

As CIO, Lawrence is responsible for setting strategic direction and overseeing a $10 billion IT annual budget.

"Right now, the network is the Army's number one modernization effort," Lawrence said in a statement. "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."

She replaces Lt. Gen. Jeff Sorenson, who retired last November.

Lawrence joined the Army in 1972.

WFED's Ruben Gomez contributed to this story.