Army looks to chief scientist and leader experience for modernization command

As the Army prepares to roll out its biggest acquisition reform since the Vietnam era at the end of next month, new details are coming out on how the Army wants to simplify the way it buys.

One way to do that is to have scientists work closely with soldiers and acquisition managers to inform the Army on investment decisions.

The Army already set up eight cross functional teams to hone in on areas where the service wants to modernize the most. Those include long range precision fires, networks, future vertical lift and next generation combat vehicles.

But Undersecretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy says the new modernization command needs a chief scientist to better the decisions and investments the teams make.


“What we are looking at is within the command itself because of the speed of technology, because of the speed of the pacing of threats, to have that capability at the local level working with the cross functional team leaders. A chief technology officer can help inform us with investment decisions, the maturity of a technology and looking at technological readiness levels. They can be the principal advisor to this commander about choices,” McCarthy said during a Feb….

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