Atlanta Selected as Finalist For U.S. Army Futures Command
Thursday, April 19th, 2018
U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA) applauded the announcement by U.S. Army senior leaders that Atlanta would advance to additional consideration as home to its new Futures Command.
U.S. Army Undersecretary Ryan McCarthy announced the list of the final contenders in a letter sent on April 17, 2018, to the leadership of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees. In his letter, McCarthy cites the Army’s desire to locate the command “near leading academic and commercial institutions to harness the best talent possible in emerging technology and innovation.”
“As the U.S. Army modernizes to meet new challenges and a modern battlefield, our soldiers must have the best access and equipment to fight and win in combat,” said Senator Isakson. “I’m glad to see that the Army recognizes Atlanta’s unique advantages. As final decisions are considered, the Georgia delegation and I will gladly continue working together with Army leaders to see to it they fully understand all that Atlanta and the surrounding region have to offer.”
“There’s no doubt in my mind that Atlanta is the best place for the Army Futures Command,” said Senator Perdue, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “Atlanta is the Southeast’s innovation hub and gateway to the world. These resources will support the Army Futures Command in their efforts to modernize and prepare for combat missions. Congratulations to everyone who has worked hard to get us to this point. I strongly believe that locating this Command in Atlanta is essential to providing for our national defense.”
In a March 14, 2018, letter led by Senators Isakson and Perdue to U.S. Secretary of the Army Mark Esper, the Georgia congressional delegation provided supporting examples of why Georgia and the metro Atlanta region could support the Army’s mission. They describe the “numerous resources available to Futures Command in Atlanta” including technology resources and experts, world-class academia in the fields of science, technology and business, the world’s largest airport, excellent quality of life and strong support of all branches of the U.S. Department of Defense with more than a dozen military installations across the state.
The cities cited by McCarthy as being under consideration are Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle.