United States Army Futures Command

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United States Army Futures Command
Active July 1, 2018–present
Country  United States
Branch  United States Army
Type Army Command

United States Army Futures Command (AFC)[1] is a United States Army command aimed at modernizing the Army. It will be focused on six areas: long-range precision fires, next-generation combat vehicle, future vertical lift platforms, a mobile & expeditionary Army network, air & missile defense capabilities, and soldier lethality.[2]

The command began initial operations on July 1, 2018.[3] On July 13, 2018, U.S. Army Secretary Mark Esper said its headquarters would be based in Austin, Texas.[4] On July 16, 2018, Lieutenant General John M. Murray was nominated for a fourth star and appointment as Army Futures Command's first commanding general.[5][6] He will assume command sometime after being confirmed by the Senate.

AFC will spread across three locations totalling 75,000 square feet;[7] one of the locations in a University of Texas System building at 210 W. Seventh St. in downtown Austin,[8][9] on the 15th and 19th floors.[10] The UT Regents will not be charging rent to AFC until December 2019.[10] The official activation ceremony of AFC is on 24 August 2018, in Austin, Texas.[7]

Cross-functional teams (CFTs)

Modernization is the priority for AFC; in order to achieve readiness for the future, de-layering of current Army Commands was implemented by creating Cross-functional teams[11] for materiel and capabilities which the Army must now match. For example, the US Army (August 2018) has no tested countermeasure for intercepting maneuverable hypersonic weapons platforms.[12]

See also

References

  1. ^ Vergun, David A. (13 July 2018). "Austin to be U.S. Army Futures Command location, says Army". Army.mil. Retrieved 17 July 2018. 
  2. ^ Vergun, David A. (7 December 2017). "US Army Futures Command to reform modernization, says secretary of the Army". Army.mil. Retrieved 5 June 2018. 
    • Army Futures: Updates on the Army's modernization strategy
  3. ^ "Army announces Austin as the home of new Army Futures Command". C-SPAN. July 13, 2018. Retrieved July 17, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Army Futures Command: U.S. Army Secretary Mark Esper announces that Austin has been chosen as the location for the new Army Futures Command." C-SPAN. July 13, 2018. Retrieved July 14, 2018. 
  5. ^ "PN2622 — Lt. Gen. John M. Murray — Army". U.S. Congress. 16 July 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2018. 
  6. ^ McBride, Courtney (24 May 2018). "General selected to lead Army Futures Command". Inside Defense. Retrieved 17 July 2018. 
  7. ^ a b Sean Kimmons, Army News Service (August 15, 2018) Army Futures Command aims to tap into innovative culture in Austin and beyond
  8. ^ (13 July 2018) University of Texas System to serve as home base for U.S. Army Futures Command
  9. ^ Stripes.com: Army’s new Futures Command to set up headquarters at University of Texas
  10. ^ a b Ralph K.M. Haurwitz - American-Statesman Staff (10 August 2018) UT regents give Army’s Futures Command free use of space temporarily
  11. ^ Army Directive 2017-24 (Cross-Functional Team Pilot In Support of Materiel Development)
  12. ^ In, for example Waverider hypersonic weapons delivery, China has flown a Mach 5.5 vehicle for 400 seconds, at 30 km altitude, demonstrating large-angle deviations from a ballistic trajectory, as well as recovery of the payload. See
    • 3 August 2018 China tests hypersonic aircraft Starry Sky-2 --Xingkong-2 (Starry-sky-2) first flight
    • China successfully tests first hypersonic aircraft that can .. Youtube clip XingKong-2 hypersonic aircraft (Starry Sky-2)
    • USSTRATCOM John Hyten statement 05:03, 8 August 2018 (UTC)
    • Lockheed Martin Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon (HCSW) Missile for US Air Force
    Current test targets, such as Zombie Pathfinder are not hypersonic.
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