Ryan McCarthy: Industry Partnerships can Help Army, DoD Reach Acquisition Goals

Undersecretary of the U.S. Army Ryan McCarthy said during the recent Muster DC event that collaboration with entrepreneurs has significantly helped the Department of Defense reach its goals, the Army said Thursday.

McCarthy noted that small businesses can support the DoD in its objectives by scaling out their concepts and ideas through partnerships with larger firms. He added that the Army Futures Command aims to foster innovation among the private sector to accelerate business procedures and help small businesses receive their cash flow in a timely manner. 

According to McCarthy, the Army needs a “quick win” in each of the Futures Command’s eight cross-functional areas to transform the acquisition process and retain the nation’s warfighting edge. He also said the Army needs systems engineering and software coding expertise, particularly for weapons systems with complex and numerous lines of coding.

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