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Army Futures Command Looking to Evolve Collaboration Tools to Meet Needs of Hybrid Workforce; Col. Dave Lamy Quoted

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Army Futures Command (AFC) is considering how to evolve collaboration tools and processes and other technologies as it prepares to support the hybrid workforce, Federal News Network reported Friday.

Kate Kelley, chief human capital officer of AFC, highlighted during a Thursday webinar the importance of striking the right balance of productivity, work location and positive lessons learned and the need to empower commanders to establish structures for their workforce by allowing them to take a “tailored approach.”

“And so I think what you’ll start to see from the Army perspective is flexibility to then employ more aggressive telework strategies than we’ve ever seen before. And then to tailor them to the unique needs of the organization,” Kelley said.

Col. Dave Lamy, the command’s chief information officer, said the service should modernize amid evolving work environments and provide the capability to support the commands. 

“One of the best ways to do that, in my mind, would be a Bring Your Own Device-like capability, where the Army does not need to continue to provide what we call GFE: government-furnished equipment,” Lamy said.

“The technology is out there; we just have to catch up with a policy to ensure that you can have that on a personally owned phone, as opposed to the government-issued phone which would, in the long run, save the government a small amount of money while maintaining the level of security that DoD requires,” he added.