As Army CIO, the general will lead LandWarNet transformation. LandWarNet is the U.S. Army’s contribution to the information grid that consists of interconnected Army information capabilities, associated processes, and personnel for collecting, processing, storing, disseminating, and managing information supporting warfighters, policy makers, and their personnel.
It includes all Army (owned and leased) as well as Department of Defense/Joint communications and computing systems and services, software (including applications), data security services, and other associated services. LandWarNet exists to enable the war fight through Mission Command.
Other U.S. service equivalent efforts to LandWarNet include the Navy's "FORCEnet" and the Air Force's "C2 Constellation."
In Feb. 2013, Lt. Gen Ferrell was welcomed as 20th commander of the Army Communications-Electronics Command and Aberdeen Proving Ground in a ceremony on the campus of the C4ISR Center of Excellence in Maryland.
Ferrell completed his undergraduate degree at Hampton University and was commissioned in 1983 as an Army Signal Corps officer. He received a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and a master's degree in strategy from the U.S. Army War College. He has served in multiple Signal commands to include the 13th Signal Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division and the 2nd Signal Brigade, 5th Signal Command. His most recent assignment was as director of the Command and Control, Communications and Computer Systems J-6 and CIO for the the U.S. Africa Command during which he spent considerable time in Africa.
Ferrell spent his formative years as a teenager on Fort Monmouth, when his father was part of the command. His father entered the Army Signal Corps in 1952, campaigned in the Korean and Vietnam Wars and retired from active service at Fort Monmouth in 1974 as a sergeant first class.
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