New Army command center coming to Austin


WASHINGTON D.C. (News4Utah)- The U.S. Army announced its largest reorganization in 45 years Friday. 

It’s called Army Futures Command, and it’s designed to help the Army respond to fast-moving changes in technology.

The Army has been caught flat-footed in years past—wasting tens of billions of dollars in the past two decades on weapons programs that were outdated before they were completed and canceled.

Army Secretary mark Esper says the new AFC will help modernize our nation’s military, improve efficiency and make the force more lethal.

Defense leaders say the plan includes reassigning service members to a new Futures Command headquarters in Austin, Texas.

Officials say they chose Austin over other cities in part because of the high-tech talent pool and academic resources.

Congressman Michael McCaul chairs the House Homeland Security Committee.  He says the new program will enhance the Army’s capabilities against growing threats from countries like China and Russia.

“We know that whether it’s cybersecurity or other technologies that can be delivered we need to be number one and stay ahead of foreign adversarial nations,” McCaul said.

Military leaders say the historic change will help maintain readiness while ensuring troops are prepared for the fights of the future.

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