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Chad Harris: Army Furthering Partnerships With Nontraditional Firms on Cyber Efforts

Jeff Brody

The U.S. Army’s new cyber innovation center will mark one year of operations in December and is slated to continue expanding next year, Fifth Domain reported Sunday.

Col. Chad Harris, project manager for Defensive Cyber Operations at the Army’s program executive office for enterprise information systems, told the publication that teams at “the Forge” have been working with various kinds of vendors on efforts like integrating a cyber defense kit to make it smaller and lighter.

“What you miss out on is those young, new, nontraditional companies that are at the very cutting edge of technology bringing new things to the marketplace that maybe you’re not seeing in other places," he said.

The Army has also been using other transaction agreements to rapidly acquire capabilities from pre-approved vendors, according to Harris He also said the Army seeks to deploy automation and machine learning to help train “cybersoldiers” in an effort to improve operations.

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