The U.S. Army is setting up the Army Futures Command in Austin, the capital of Texas, in its first major reorganization in more than forty years, Army leaders announced.
The new command will consolidate all Army efforts to prepare for war fighting, from planning to developing future combat systems. The Army had considered more than a hundred locations, but decided on Austin, Texas, since it is a growing tech hub close to top schools and affordable to live in, Breitbart reports.
“The character of war is fundamentally changing … and whoever gets there first, will have unmatched lethality on the battlefield for years to come. That’s why this is so critical to get at, to make sure we can get there first.” ~ Army Secretary Mark
“The choice was very difficult, but we ultimately had to make a choice that was best for the U.S. Army,” Under Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy told reporters at the Pentagon on Friday.
With the help of an outside firm and “our own internal studies and analysis,” the Army decided the winning city would have to offer attributes such as proximity to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, workers and industries, as well as to private sector and innovation, McCarthy said.
Placing AFC in Austin will force the Army to “move behind the walls of traditional posts and forts and place ourselves in the middle of an urban center. This is where collaboration, networking and innovation is happening daily at rates that cannot be duplicated on any Army post or industrial park,” McCarthy said.
The ideal location needed to have made significant investments in economic development, STEM, and research and development, as well as offer quality of life for Army personnel assigned to AFC headquarters, he said. Military.com reports.
AFC headquarters will be made up of approximately 500 personnel, and the command is scheduled to reach full operational capability by next summer, Army officials say.
The new command will be led by a four-star general, who has not been named.
“There is a commander in mind,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said. “We have made a nomination; that nomination is not yet public.”
Senior leaders said this is the biggest organizational change for the service in more than four decades.
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