ATLANTA, GA — Federal lawmakers from Georgia are pushing for the U.S. Army to locate a new command focusing on modernizing the military branch in Atlanta.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Georgia’s delegation to Congress has written a letter to Army Secretary Mark Esper asking that the city be considered as home to the newly created Army Futures Command. The letter cites Atlanta’s access to tech companies, existing military bases, universities and transportation.
"Modernizing the Army is critical to maintaining readiness and global superiority in support of our national defense," Georgia’s congressmen and senators wrote in the letter, according to the AJC. "Your serious consideration of Atlanta as a future home for Futures Command is greatly appreciated."
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The Army Futures Commnand is part of an effort by the U.S. military to update how it conducts research and develops and acquires new equipment.
The Army Times reports that the Army is weeks away from making an announcement about the command’s next phase. Officials started with a list of 30 potential sites, saying major cities with access to education and technology hubs are at the top of their list.
Rather than setting up at an existing Army post, military brass want to base the command in a more corporate setting where collaborating with education and tech partners will be easier. The list will be narrowed to 10 finalists, then to four, according to the Army Times.
The army likely will be looking to rent two or three floors of an office building for the next decade, the paper reported.
To read the original AJC article, click here.
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