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Gen. John Murray Highlights Cross-Industry Collaboration During Detroit Visit

At the Detroit Economic Club meeting on Thursday, Sept. 5, Gen. John Murray, commanding general of the Army Futures Command, sat down for a conversation moderated by the Chamber’s Tammy Carnrike on the state of the defense industry in Michigan. Gen. Murray was joined by a host of high-ranking service members and Army officials for tours and meetings in the area including at the Chamber and U.S. Army Tank-automotive & Armaments Command (TACOM) in Warren.

“I talk about ‘team Warren’ every place I go because it has become the model of what we’re trying to accomplish,” Gen. Murray said.

On his visit to the Detroit region, Gen. Murray highlighted the strong alignment and collaboration between the business and Army communities among industries like automotive and education.

Gen. Murray acknowledged the Army’s challenge of modernization and emphasized its focus on updating technologies, equipment, and approaches. Gen. Murray expressed interest in collaborations related to autonomy since advances like robotic vehicles and alternative fuel options have the potential to save lives and the environment.

“Get away from describing requirements and talk in terms of problems,” Gen. Murray said. “Let the innovation that happens each and every day in all these companies help us solve problems.”

Another challenge the Army Futures Command hopes to tackle is recruitment. Gen. Murray emphasized the importance of educating students on the diverse opportunities and career tracks the Army offers beyond combat, spanning the sciences, logistics, engineering, and more.

Moving forward, Gen. Murray requests support for the defense ecosystem in Warren to continue the Army’s efforts to modernize technology and organizational culture.