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Ashton Carter: DoD Wants IT Industry Talent for Agency’s Digital Service Group

Ashton Carter
Ashton Carter

The U.S. Defense Department aims to recruit information technology professionals from the private sector to help the agency solve data and IT management problems, Nextgov reported Friday.

Mohana Ravindranath writes Defense Secretary Ashton Carter mentioned DoD’s plan to form an internal digital service team during a speech last week in Silicon Valley.

“We’re looking at new ways to attract talent through new private-sector exchange programs… so that together, we can create cyber capabilities that not only help DoD, but can also spin off into the wider U.S. marketplace,” Carter told his audience.

Defense officials told reporters last week that DoD wants to open a Silicon Valley-based technical office in a push to increase the department’s collaboration with industry.

The Pentagon is also banking on industry partners to help implement a department-wide cyber strategy, which Carter unveiled to the public Thursday.

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