Army chooses Austin for new Futures Command HQ

Austin will be the new location of the U.S. Army Futures Command, according to Associated Press sources.

Austin will be the new location of the U.S. Army Futures Command, according to Associated Press sources.

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials say Army leaders will announce on Friday that they've chosen Austin, Texas, as the location for a new command headquarters that will focus on how to modernize the service and prepare for future wars.

The Army laid out plans to create the so-called Futures Command last October, marking the first time in decades the service has added such a high-level, new headquarters.

The officials say the city is well-suited for the Army's high-technology and academic needs. The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss the selection before it was made public. The command will have a staff of about 500, led by a four-star general.

Fifteen cities were considered, and the five finalists were Austin, Boston, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Raleigh, North Carolina.
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