The U.S. Army opened its first software factory at the Austin Community College in Texas that will develop new applications and train soldier-coders on how to adopt technology to improve operations, FedScoop reported Monday.
The factory’s office space near Army Futures Command’s headquarters was launched in mid-April. The facility is now operational with its first cohort of software developers who started teleworking in Dec. 2020. A spokesperson for the Army said the service tapped VMware to help establish the office under another transaction authority agreement.
“This is the first time that we have a soldier-led [software] factory,” said Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a four-time Wash100 Award recipient. “It has everything to do with modernization, seeing the future, and being able to prevent a great power war.”
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