September 22, 2011
Army Chief Information Officer, Lieutenant General Susan S. Lawrence, Challenges the Advanced Management Program Students at the 43rd Advanced Management Program Convocation Ceremony.
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
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: http://www.ndu.edu/icollege/pcs/pcs_amp.html for complete details.
About the College - The NDU iCollege, a U.S. Department of Defense educational institution, prepares leaders to direct the information component of national power by leveraging information and information technology for strategic advantage. Although most students come from DoD (military and civilians), the school also accepts federal agency, private sector, and international students into its graduate programs. Education is focused around CIO, CFO, Information Assurance/Cyber, Enterprise Architecture, IT Project Management, and other information leadership competencies. The NDU iCollege is also currently working with the U.S. Department of Education to obtain approval for its new Government Information Leader Master of Science Degree. Courses are completed on campus and/or online. For more information about the NDU iCollege’s programs, please contact: Jolly Sienda at firstname.lastname@example.org ; or for general information about the college, visit www.ndu.edu/icollege.
The National Defense University is the nation’s premier center for joint professional military education. The university is an accredited graduate-level institution that provides an educational and research environment to prepare future leaders of the armed forces and other civilian agencies for high-level policy, command, and staff responsibilities. For more information about the National Defense University, please contact: Dave Thomas, Public Affairs Officer, at 202-685-3140 or ThomasD2@ndu.edu; or visit www.ndu.edu.
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