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Army Futures celebrates grand opening of Army Software Factory

The factory will develop software to help soldiers on the battlefield.

AUSTIN, Texas — The U.S. Army Futures Command on Thursday hosted a ceremony celebrating the opening of the Army Software Factory at Austin Community College's Rio Grande Campus.

Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, the 20th chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, was in attendance. Milley is the nation's highest-ranking officer who serves as the principal military advisor to the president, secretary of defense and the National Security Council.

The factory will lead a future force design through four main objectives:

  • increase digital proficiencies across the force
  • enable soldiers to dominate an information-centric battlefield
  • solve current Army problems by leveraging agile development security operations in cybersecurity practices and cloud technology
  • and harness the innovative spirit of the country through close collaboration with the tech industry and academia

This effort aims to make sure soldiers on the battlefield can combat technical support challenges in contested communication environments with potential technical support challenges.

“The capability to develop software at the lowest tactical levels will help us provide better software products. We anticipate long-term cost savings and expect the Software Factory to help us maintain a competitive advantage across Army modernization efforts,” said Gen. John M. Murray, commanding general, U.S. Army Futures Command.

The event was live-streamed on Facebook.

WATCH: Army Futures Command says 'thank you, Austin' 

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