Army selects Austin as site of new Futures Command center

AUSTIN, TX (KLTV) - The U.S. Department of the Army is placing a new futures command center in Austin.

The news was announced Friday during a press conference with senior leaders in the Army.

The military agency says the move will enable it to better partner with other groups as it seeks to modernize.

Texas politicians also weighed in on the announcement.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, released a statement on the news.

"Austin's dynamic growth, access to top research institutions like the University of Texas, and proximity to innovative tech and business industries make the city a strong choice for the new Army Futures Command," Cornyn said.  "I look forward to supporting this new Command as it develops technologies to carry our nation's warfighters into the future."

And U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, also released a statement.

"The Army made the right choice for Futures Command, and I have been honored to help to bring it home to Texas," Cruz said. "With the innovation and business growth occurring around our state, the many high-tech companies, and dozens of companies that supply all manner of advanced technology to our military, Texas is uniquely positioned to ensure the Army succeeds in this new mission. As Futures Command is established, I am eager to continue working with the Army to ensure they are ready to preserve peace and deter aggression."

Both lawmakers penned letters in support of the center.

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