U.S. Army officials scouting locations across the country for newly-created Futures Command

June 12, 2018: U.S. Army officials are currently scouting large cities to find a home for the new Future Command Headquarters, and they are hoping the new Command Headquarters will be close to academic and industry. That criteria is new for Army officials. Army officials typically like to place facilities away from large-population centers so the Army can have the space to train in rural areas and so military operations do not disrupt the public. The new Futures Command is charged with focusing on what the Army of the future should look like. Army officials want the new Command to be near experts in technology and innovation who can help figure that out. Fifteen cities were in contention: Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Boston; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Houston; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; New York; Philadelphia; Raleigh, North Carolina; San Diego; San Francisco; and Seattle. Army officials asked Mayors for input, and then chose finalists. They haven’t announced which cities made the cut, but they are now visiting the finalists to recommend a site to the Army Secretary. Army officials have been to Boston, Raleigh and Austin so far. The site for the Futures Command headquarters is expected to be announced by the end of this month, June, 2018. “We’re looking at the best of what America has to offer when it comes to technology and industry and education,” said Army Col. Patrick Seiber, the Spokesman for the Army Futures Command Task Force. “That means we need to get to where these folks are.” The Futures Command is scheduled to have a staff of about five-hundred people, led by a four-star General. Command officials are charged with trying to figure out what emerging threats there are, what equipment will be needed, and how to use that equipment. The Command is designed to help the Army get the right equipment quickly and propose changes to war-fighting strategies. “We can’t try to win the next war using the last war’s equipment and tactics,” Seiber said. The Army has been discussing ways to modernize for several years. Officials proposed in October, 2017, a study to establish a new Command. Adding a fourth major Command is the biggest change to the Army’s structure in decades. Boston, Raleigh and Austin are among the finalists selected from the top fifteen. Army officials have not yet said publicly how many finalists there are. The process is designed to give each city the same amount of time to prepare for a visit.

Attribution: The Associated Press

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