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McCarthy: Army to hire chief scientist for Futures Command

February 8, 2018 at 4:47 PM

Army Under Secretary Ryan McCarthy said today the service is considering candidates to serve as chief scientist for its new Futures Command.

During a talk at the Brookings Institution on Army modernization, McCarthy said he has already met with a few "world-class" scientists who are "very keenly interested" in the opportunity.

McCarthy also gave more insight as to the location of Futures Command -- which has sparked debate among Army leaders -- saying it will probably be in a major city, where academics and technology innovators feel comfortable.

"The type of command we're looking for? It doesn't have flags out front or old tanks in front of it," he said.