As the Army continues to adapt to 21st century threats and develop technological advances suited for the modern battlefield, it’s the perfect time to learn about a new Army Reserve command harnessing Soldiers’ civilian sector technology and cyber skills to help Army operations.
The 75th Innovation Command (75IC) drives operational innovation, concepts and capabilities to enhance the readiness and capabilities of the future force. The 75IC can use its unique access to civilian employers and the blend of civilian skills and military expertise to provide additional talent and capacity to Army modernization efforts.
Some specific areas the 75th is looking to integrate on the modern battlefield include artificial intelligence, space, robotics, medical science, virtual reality, gaming, cyber, big data and energy.
Technology changes at a rapid pace in today’s environment, so it’s vital that the U.S. maintain the advantages that it currently has over our adversaries. As the character of warfare becomes more complex, Army Reserve forces will continue to play a crucial role in winning the nation’s wars.
A recent study surrounding this issue shows that many Reserve Soldiers are employed in leading edge technology companies and have critical skills and experience in fielding the latest technology systems, networks, and cybersecurity protocols. By applying skills Army Reserve Soldiers develop in their civilians careers, the 75IC enhances the Army Reserve’s ability to deliver the most capable, combat-ready and lethal force in the history.
Join me in a recent interview with Major General James V. Young Jr., Commanding General of the 75th Innovation Command as he discussed the capabilities of the Soldiers of the Innovation Command. He also explained how the Army Reserve is utilizing Soldiers’ private sector skills to support the Army’s cyber mission needs and outlined the challenges the Army Reserve is facing in this ongoing effort.
Listen to the entire interview here: https://www.youtube.com/embed/qjr0Fub6UjU?rel=0
For more information, go to usar.army.mil/75thIC
MAJOR GENERAL JAMES “BOE” YOUNG, JR
Commanding General, 75th Innovation Command
On 16 May 2014, MAJOR GENERAL JAMES “BOE” YOUNG, JR became the Commanding General for the 75th Training Command in Houston, TX. Prior to this assignment MG Young served as the Chief of Staff for the Army Reserve. In late 2017, the 75th was re-designated and re-missioned to the 75th Innovation Command.
In 1983, MG Young was commissioned in the Regular Army in Military Intelligence from Davidson College and was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii, where he served as an Assistant Brigade S2, Light Infantry Rifle Platoon Leader, and Infantry Battalion S2. Follow on assignments include command of A Company, 337th MI Battalion (TE) (ABN) from 1992 to 1995 and Assistant Inspector General, 81st RSC, from 1995 to 1997. From 1997 to 2002, he served as Battalion S3, 345th
MI Battalion and as Commander of the 1st Battalion, 347th Infantry (TS) (CSS) a First Army training battalion.
MG Young commanded the 203d MI Battalion (TI) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, from 2003 to 2005. He deployed the battalion to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and also served as the Army Component Commander and co-J3 for the Combined Joint Captured Enemy Material Exploitation Center. His Brigade level command was the Theater Support Command, from 2005 to 2007, consisting of ten Military Intelligence MTOE battalions nationwide. From 2007 to 2009, he commanded the Joint Reserve Intelligence Unit, J2, on the Joint Staff, and was the senior reserve advisor for the J2. As a Brigadier General, he commanded the Military Intelligence Readiness Command, the Army Reserve’s Functional Intelligence Command, from 2009 to 2011 and served the Army Reserve’s senior intelligence officer. He most recently served as the Deputy Chief, Army Reserve, where he worked as the CAR’s Deputy with a primary focus as the Army Reserve’s senior human capital executive and later as Chief of Staff of the Army Reserve staff.
MG Young holds a BA in Economics from Davidson College, an MBA from Goizueta Business School at Emory University and an MSS from the Army War College. His military education includes the Military Intelligence Basic, Advanced, and Tactical Intelligence Courses, Inspector General Course, Observer Controller Academy of the National Training Center, Army War College and CAPSTONE.
His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, Royal Australian Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Army Staff Badge and Joint Staff Identification Badge.
As a Citizen-Soldier, he is a Chief Operating Officer of Galloway Consulting, a professional services/consulting firm specializing in providing strategic and operational improvements for the healthcare industry. Specific responsibilities include: client engagement, strategic planning, business development, business analytics integration, sales strategy and support, human capital, advisory joint venture management, as well as managing consultant capacity, deployment and development. When engaged with clients, he leads projects involved in organization design and strategy, performance improvement, governance and leadership. He began his civilian career as a strategy and human resources consultant with one of the country’s largest consulting firms and has served as President and or senior executive for three national design and manufacturing organizations.
He is married to the former Valarie Hyde and they have four children: James III, a 1LT and combat veteran in the Army Reserve; Madeleine; Grace, a 2LT assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, and Caroline.
Interview is courtesy: Army Reserve