Huntsville not included in list of possible cities for Army’s Futures Command

Army Soldiers participate in the Darby Queen obstacle course as part of their training at the Ranger Course on Ft. Benning Ga., June 28, 2015

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville is not included in a list of 15 possible cities for the headquarters of the U.S. Army’s planned Futures Command , which will keep track of emerging technology and innovations that could be used in warfighting.

The Army notified the cities this week and asked for detailed information.

According to a report from the Associated Press, the contenders are Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Boston; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Houston; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; New York; Philadelphia; Raleigh, North Carolina; San Diego; San Francisco; and Seattle.

The Army says the headquarters should be near universities and technology companies. It says the host city should have workforce expertise in biomedicine, chemistry, computer hardware and software, electronics, materials and mechanical systems.

The Army hasn’t said when it would choose a city.

It would be the fourth command-level operation in the Army. Officials say it’s the most significant reorganization since 1973.

The new command was discussed heavily at the Association of the U.S. Army Global Force 2018 conference in Huntsville in March.  Redstone Arsenal is home to the Army Materiel Command.