New site for Army Futures Command

Air and missile defense is the Army's number five modernization priority and falls under a cross functional team, which is part of U.S. Army Futures Command. Shown here, Capt. Jonathan Hathaway, assistant product manager, Integrated Fire Control Product Office, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., stands beside the integrated fire control network relay on display outside the Pentagon.

Austin, Texas has been selected as the home of the Army’s new Futures Command.

The new location allows the Army to be near innovative and agile industrial and academic institutions, and is where the command can inculcate the culture needed to develop the innovation and synergy required to lead the Army’s modernization efforts.

Futures Command will identify and develop new prototypes and technologies, and deliver them to warfighters faster than ever.

While the modernization cross-functional teams are already aligned under Futures Command, three sub-organizations are scheduled to be established over the next several months before the command is fully established in 2019.

In addition to the command headquarters, Army Futures Command will include sub-organizations designed to maximize subject matter expertise and efficiency.

Futures and Concepts will identify and prioritize capability development needs and opportunities.

Combat Development will conceptualize and develop solutions for identified needs and opportunities.

Combat Systems will refine, engineer,and produce developed solutions.

Cross Functional Teams (CFTs) use experimentation, teaming, agility and rapid feedback to enable the Army to rapidly develop solutions both with equipment and how to best employ it to improve warfighting capabilities for our Soldiers.

The CFTs are aligned against the Army’s six modernization priorities and includes two additional cross-cutting CFTs designed to support these efforts: Long-Range Precision Fires, Next Generation Combat Vehicle, Future Vertical Lift, Army Network, Air and Missile Defense, Soldier Lethality, Precision Navigation and Timing, and Synthetic Training Environment.

Structure

Sub-organizations will transition to Army Futures Command from other Army organizations prior to full operating capacity. These sub-organizations are expected to remain in their current locations, which will help facilitate continued and direct collaboration between major Army commands.

TRADOC organizations currently scheduled to re-align include: Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC); Capability Development and Integration Directorates (CDIDs) and associated battle labs (TICMs will remain with TRADOC); and TRADOC Analysis Center (TRAC).

AMC organizations currently scheduled to re-align include: Research, Development, and Engineering Command (RDECOM) and Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity (AMSAA).

CFTs will report to the Army Futures Command.

Army Futures Command’s subordinate organizations are expected to remain at their current locations where they can easily partner with their former parent organizations.

Overall, this change will reform the Army’s industrial-age modernization system to achieve unity of effort, greater efficiency and increased accountability.

The Army looks forward to working with innovators, academia and business in an environment where ideas and solutions can be developed rapidly to meet the demands of the current operating environment.

Futures Command will lead the Army’s force modernization efforts by determining its strategic direction and maintaining accountability for modernization solutions.

This new four-star command will complement the Army’s other four-star headquarters — Forces Command, Training and Doctrine Command and Army Materiel Command.

It is scheduled to reach full operational capability on July 1, 2019.

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