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Futures Command embraces venture capital approach

Army Futures Command wants to go full Silicon Valley and seek out venture capitalists. 

Army Undersecretary Ryan McCarthy told reporters during a media gathering at AUSA last week that the service was still looking for a CTO to help facilitate Army Futures Command make astute technological investments. McCarthy had previously said the Army was close to a hire. 

Once hired, the CTO would help Futures' commander, Gen. John Murray, evaluate emerging and maturing tech to prevent repeats of past failures and overreaches. Murray, who also talked to reporters, said he was very interested in working with venture capitalists to best scale tech capabilities -- either new or fully developed -- from small businesses.

About the Author

Lauren C. Williams is senior editor for FCW and Defense Systems, covering defense and cybersecurity.

Prior to joining FCW, Williams was the tech reporter for ThinkProgress, where she covered everything from internet culture to national security issues. In past positions, Williams covered health care, politics and crime for various publications, including The Seattle Times.

Williams graduated with a master's in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and a bachelor's in dietetics from the University of Delaware. She can be contacted at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter @lalaurenista.

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