Ten-hut! Municipal leaders across the nation will be at attention when the U.S. Army soon announces a short list of cities that could be the home to the Army Futures Command — sort of a military innovation office.
The Army Times reported that the command will be tasked with bringing new technologies online.
The U.S. Army wants to create more of a corporate environment that will facilitate a collaboration with tech and academic partners.
Dallas-Fort Worth has plenty of those to chose from with three Carnegie R-1 research universities in the area and some of the leading tech companies in the world based or having major operations here. Also, DFW is home to major defense contractors such as Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Bell, whose V-280 Valor tiltrotor aircraft is being looked at for the Army’s Future Vertical Lift Program, one of the command’s six forthcoming priorities.
NOT A TYPICAL U.S. ARMY BASING DECISION
“This isn’t like a standard basing decision, where we’re moving a brigade combat team somewhere,” Under Secretary Ryan McCarthy told Army Times. “We needed access to academia and business, and those two kind of key characteristics. Where the systems engineers, software engineers are.”
That list of initial 30 cities will be whittled down to 10, the Army Times said, then further to four finalists.
Initially, the command could be based in several floors of an existing building, the publication said.
The short-list cities will be visited by Vice Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville and McCarthy.