In a first for the U.S. Department of Defense, the Marine Corps is teaming with the Army to collaborate on the development of software solutions. In a brand-new three-year pilot co-located with the Army’s software factory, the Marine Corps Software Factory (MCSWF) will enable Marines to produce software solutions “using agile methodologies for commanders to implement technical solutions at the speed required to accomplish their mission,” according to a press release. The project will be overseen by the service’s Chief Information Officer, Deputy Commandant for Information Lt. Gen. Matthew Glavy.
In the pilot program, selected Marines will go through a three-phase process to prepare for the high-pressure project. First, they will attend a three-month technical accelerator to establish a baseline skillset, before teaming with a technical expert from the industry for one-on-one mentoring. Finally, individuals will bring their new skillsets to real-world use cases. Marines who complete the process will be given the “applications developer military occupational specialty,” according to the release. Marine developers will collaborate with specialists from the Army Software Factory (ASWF), which was established in 2020 to bring the military division’s technology development up to speed in relation to the civilian tech landscape.