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White House tech adviser gets Pentagon CTO post

Added 07-13-20 12:22:01pm EST - “President Trump has designated his White House technology adviser to take up the influential post of chief technology officer (CTO) at the Pentagon, according to White House and Pentagon officials.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “White House tech adviser gets Pentagon CTO post”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

President Trump has designated his White House technology adviser to take up the influential post of chief technology officer (CTO) at the Pentagon, according to White House and Pentagon officials.

Michael J. Kratsios, who is currently serving as Mr. Trump’s senior policy adviser on technology, will be named acting undersecretary of defense for research and engineering on Monday, said officials familiar with the decision.

Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper sought out Mr. Kratsios for the post as someone with Silicon Valley experience. The Pentagon chief wants him to focus its advanced technology efforts on artificial intelligence, 5G telecommunications and other emerging defense-related know-how.

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“In seeking to fill this position, we wanted someone with experience in identifying and developing new technologies and working closely with a wide range of industry partners,” Mr. Esper said. “We think Michael is the right person for this job, and we are excited to have him on the team.”

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