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Army Needs Congress Approval for Digital Pursuits; Ryan McCarthy Quoted

Jeff Brody
Ryan McCarthy

The U.S. Army requires Congress approval to move forward with a potential five-year, $1 billion investment in data, artificial intelligence and cloud, FCW reported Tuesday. The investment plan also depends on whether the Department of Defense can award the $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure or JEDI cloud contract on schedule.

Ryan McCarthy, secretary of the Army, said the service branch intends to pursue digital transformation with data as a strategic tool and the use of industry-based technology. The Army and the other branches still require a new bill to secure new funds for projects.

"We will manage big data, employ AI-enabled tools in earnest without sacrificing cyber security or resilience," McCarthy said Monday at the Association of the U.S. Army's annual conference in Washington, D.C. "Without a budget, it's a new start program, so we'll sit and we'll wait," the secretary said.

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