Chief Information Officer
Department of the Army
107 Army Pentagon
Washington, DC 20310
Office Phone: 703-695-4366
Office Fax: 703-695-3091
Lieutenant General Robert S. Ferrell became the Army CIO/G-6 on December 23, 2013.
As the CIO, Lieutenant General Ferrell reports directly to the Secretary of the Army, setting strategic direction
and objectives for the Army network and supervises all Army C4 (command, control, communications, and
computers) and IT functions. He oversees the Army’s $10 billion IT investments, manages enterprise IT
architecture, establishes and enforces IT policies, and directs delivery of operational C4IT capabilities to
support warfighters and business users. As the G-6, he advises the Chief of Staff of the Army on the network,
communications, signal operations, information security, force structure and equipping.
Lieutenant General Ferrell, a native of Anniston, Alabama, enlisted in the Army and attained the rank of
Sergeant. He completed his undergraduate degree at Hampton University and was commissioned in August
1983, as an Army Signal Corps Officer. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Administration from Central
Michigan University and a Master of Science Degree in Strategy from the Army War College.
Throughout his career, he has served in Army units in the United States, Korea, and Europe and has deployed
to Bosnia and Iraq. In addition to traditional company and field grade level assignments, he has commanded
at every level from platoon to Army major subordinate command.
His principal staff assignments have been as Operations Officer and Communications-Electronics Officer, 2nd
Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne); Captain Assignments Officer, Signal Branch Army Personnel
Command; Aide-de-Camp to the Secretary of the Army, Pentagon; Assistant Division Signal Officer, 82nd
Airborne Division; Executive Officer, 82nd Signal Battalion; Operations Officer, 7th Signal Brigade, 5th Signal
Command and Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General, V Corps, United States Army Europe and Seventh
Army, Germany; Military Assistant to the Executive Secretary, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon;
Military Assistant to the Director, Program Management Office, Coalition Provisional Authority, OPERATION
IRAQI FREEDOM, Iraq; Chief, Programs Division, Office of the Chief of Legislative Liaison, Pentagon; Army
Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, New York; Director, Army Modernization, Strategic
Communication, Army Capabilities Integration Center-Forward, Army Training and Doctrine Command,
Pentagon; and Director for C4 Systems, United States Africa Command, Germany.
He commanded A Company, 426th Signal Battalion, 35th Signal Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps; 13th Signal
Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division and OPERATION JOINT FORGE, Tuzla; 2nd Signal Brigade, 5th Signal
Command, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army, Germany; and Communications-Electronics
Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground.
Lieutenant General Ferrell has earned numerous awards and decorations, most notably, the Defense Superior
Service Medal (2nd Award); Legion of Merit (3rd Award); Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal (6th
Award), Army Commendation Medal (6th Award), and Army Achievement Medal (2nd Award).