LTC William Saxon
Division Chief and Program Director, G-3/5/7 Enterprise Management Decision Support System Program, U.S. Army
Lt. Col. Bobby Saxon is an Information Age leader, Chief Information Officer, a Warfighter, a business-tech entrepreneur, and a politician. He was named by CIO Magazine as a “rising star in IT” and a 2013 CIO Ones to Watch, http://www.cio-digital.com/ciodigital/20130501?pg=47#pg47. Lt. Col. Saxon is the division chief and program director for the Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN), and Readiness Common Operating Pictures, known as the Enterprise Management Decision Support (EMDS) system, sponsored by the G- 3/5/7 Program Office, at the Pentagon. Under his leadership, EMDS was recognized for Innovation for the 2013 Computerworld Honors Laureate, http://www.eiseverywhere.com/ehome/49069/83917/?&.
Lt. Col. Saxon leads an information technology research and development team comprised of (federal and contract staff), who serve the Department of the Army to design, execute, and distribute a classified, Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet) data-driven software solution enabling Army enterprise leaders, Army-wide, information on unit readiness, personnel, equipment, training and resources for the Army 2020, way ahead.
Lt. Col. Saxon’s military career spans 29 years serving on active duty, Reserve and for the Army National Guard. Although, Lt. Col. Saxon’s military career has seen several breaks in service to allow him to follow his business and political interests, after the 9/11 attacks, Saxon reentered the Army and served in command positions for Iraq for Operations’ Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Additionally, in 2009 Saxon served at the Pentagon as the Assistant Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO) and oversaw sensitive, computerized, command and control operations. Now, as the division chief of the EMDS, Saxon’s technology expertise opens doors for him to meet with senior Army leadership to brief them on EMDS capabilities.
As a business man and an entrepreneur, Lt. Col. Saxon founded PC POWERUSER, Inc., in 1997; a software company that provided Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software solutions to small and midsize businesses.
In 2008, Lt. Col. Saxon ran for political office for the 10th Congressional District of the State of Georgia. He wanted to serve his local constituency and had a strong desire to help people by influencing changes in local government. Saxon did not win; but, he learned a lot about people and he earned 39 percent of the popular vote. Saxon comments, “When I decided to run against the incumbent, I had no experience running a political campaign. I did however, have a desire to be involved with change to benefit my fellow neighbors. I believed that I had a good mix of experience; having served my country as a soldier, owned a profitable business, and I was raised, like many people, in an average, hard working, middle-class family. I think a lot people could relate to my background…and, even though I didn’t get the job, I learned a lot about myself and about people.”