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Gen. James McConville on Army’s Need for New Talent Management System

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Gen. James McConville
Gen. James McConville Chief of Staff U.S. Army

Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville told Government Matters in an interview posted Sunday about the service’s plan to shift to a new talent management system that could help meet the demand for warfighters who are skilled in coding, data management and artificial intelligence.

The plan comes as the Army intends to form two multidomain task forces in the Pacific and another unit in Europe that will provide intelligence, space, electronic warfare, long-range precision fires and other capabilities.

He told host Francis Rose that the new system will enable the Army to manage soldiers and know about their knowledge, behaviors, skills and preferences.

McConville talked about the service’s software factory. Under the Project Convergence, he said the Army realized that it would “need soldiers that can write software on the battlefield.”

“We have a tremendous amount of soldiers that have that talent, that code, that want to write software and now we’re going to bring them in. … Now, we need to have a management capability to make sure they are promoted, they are incentivized for their talents,” McConville said.

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