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Army Chief Information Officer, Lieutenant General Susan S. Lawrence, Challenges the Advanced Management Program Students at the 43rd Advanced Management Program Convocation Ceremony.

UNRELEASED | September 22, 2011

On Monday, September 12, 2011, 16 students of the 43rd class of the Advanced Management Program (AMP) were welcomed to the National Defense University (NDU) iCollege, by faculty and staff in a convocation ceremony. More than 1,400 people have graduated from the AMP, the NDU iCollege’s premier academic program, within the last 22 years; many rising to senior positions within the military, government, industry, and

international organizations.

The AMP ceremony began with an invocation given by Lieutenant Colonel Michael W. Bartlett, Jr., USA, NDU iCollege Systems and Technology Department professor. Lt. Col. Bartlett then introduced Chancellor Robert D. Childs to the audience. Dr. Childs told the students that they were about to embark on an “academic adventure,” that will give them an in-depth look at all elements of information technology (IT), how IT shapes
organizational strategies and culture, and how to share information as new technologies are released.

Special guest speaker, Lieutenant General Susan S. Lawrence, Army Chief Information Officer/G6, set student expectations by giving the students a challenge, “Let me hear from you at the end of the course on where I should be putting my efforts regarding information technology to support the 3.5 million military and civilians of the DoD.” LTG Lawrence reports to the Secretary of the Army for setting strategic direction and objectives with regard to information technology, and supervises all Army C4 (command, control, communications, and computers) and IT functions. As the G-6, she supports the Chief of Staff of the Army by advising on network, cyber, communications, and signal operations. LTG Lawrence closed her remarks by encouraging the students to, “Think about the IT future in these ways: radical, pro-active, visionary, and clairvoyant. Commit
yourself to the discipline of mental gymnastics for the next 14-weeks.”

The 14-week AMP certificate program focuses on strategic leadership and best practices in the following areas: cyber and cyber leadership, emerging technologies, enterprise architecture, process improvement, performance management, information assurance, IT, and policy. The graduate-level AMP curriculum core and elective courses also provide students with the option of earning certificates in the Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO), or Government Strategic Leader (GSL) programs.

The “AMP 43” student body represents a cross-section of mid-to senior-level military officers and civilians from the Department of Defense (DoD; Army, Army Reserve Command, Air Force, and Navy), National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, Department of Transportation, Department of State, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Defense Information Systems Agency.

A graduation ceremony for the AMP graduates will be held on Thursday, December 15, 2011; and the AMP 44th class begins on Monday, January, 23, 2012. Applications are now being accepted for the AMP 44 program. Please visit the AMP information page at: for complete details.