Army Software Factory

Friday, August 21, 2020

What is it?

The software factory is a U.S. Army approved program incorporating best practices from both the tech industry and Department of Defense. This initiative will immerse Soldiers and civilians from across the Army in modern software development, leveraging the full spirit of an innovative ecosystem.

The goal is to develop leading edge, organic, custom-built system applications for current and future systems ensuring the Army is prepared for operating environments across all domains.

What are the current and past efforts of the Army?

As part of the Army’s modernization efforts, Army Futures Command will pioneer this first-of-its-kind pilot initiative to:

  • Integrate “Training with Industry” pipeline to teach, develop and employ self-sustaining talent from all ranks within the military and civilian workforce.
  • Expose Army Soldiers and Civilians to coding boot camp by building partnerships between coders and industry counterparts, enabling structured problem-solving and allowing graduates to take this capability back to the force.
  • Increase digital proficiencies across the force and enable Soldiers to dominate an information-centric battlefield.
  • Use modern cloud and software technologies to solve Army problems through agile and secure software development processes.

Software factory complements the Army Artificial Intelligence Task Force and Al Work Force Development program.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned?

The software factory will stand up in Austin, Texas with a full operational capability in the summer of 2021. Army Futures Command will utilize the software factory, a modern-day “solutions factory,” to empower capable Army teams to scope problems with end-users in person or virtually.

Why is this important to the Army?

Software factory allows Soldiers and Army Civilians in future operating environments to:

  • Solve enterprise-level Army problems with cloud technology and modern software, and better prepare them for disconnected warfare in 2028 and beyond.
  • Scope and implement software-based solutions at the battlefield without connectivity or assistance from centralized support.

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Modernization of the Army must include a concerted effort to build and sustain an organic software development capability at the lowest echelons of the Army.

— Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy