Army Chief Information Officer Lt. Gen. Bruce T. Crawford has a new military deputy. Brig. Gen. Lawrence F. Thoms, who comes to Army CIO/G-6 after serving as commanding general of the 311th Theater Signal Command and G-6 for U.S. Army Central, assumed his new responsibilities this week.
Brig. Gen. Thoms is the latest of several new CIO/G-6 hires within the past few months — in April, Senior Executive Service member Dr. Bryan Shone became director for policy and resources and chief financial officer. Additionally, Nancy Kreidler was named director for cybersecurity and information assurance in March.
Dr. Shone reports directly to the Army CIO/G-6 and is responsible for offering technical advice and direction regarding the planning and budgeting for Army IT programs. Kreidler advises Lt. Gen. Crawford on the planning, development, and implementation of cybersecurity and information technology strategies. She previously served as chief information officer to the U.S. Army Program Executive Office, Command, Control, Communications – Tactical.
As military deputy, Brig. Gen. Thoms assists the CIO in network security matters. He oversees the Theater Engagement Plan, which is a strategic planning report that identifies command objectives to measure the effectiveness of military programs and ensures that operations coincide with the United States National Security Strategy. Brig. Gen. Thoms also plays a role in the Army’s ongoing effort to modernize and reform the military’s capabilities for future wars.
Some of Brig. Gen. Thoms’ previous assignments include 311th Theater Signal Command deputy commander, 311th Theater Signal Command (Provisional) commander, 335th Theater Signal Command chief of staff, 335th Theater Signal Command (Provisional) chief of staff, 311th Theater Signal Command G-7 chief of staff, and chief of the U.S. Army Command and Control Support Agency’s Plans Branch.
Brig. Gen. Lawrence Thoms graduated from West Point with a bachelor’s degree, earned an MSS from the U.S. Army War College, and has had comprehensive military education through the U.S. Army War College, the Command and General Staff College, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, and the Signal Officer Basic and Advanced Courses.