July 30, 2018

The Army’s New Futures Command Will Succeed or Fail by Congress’s Hand

By Cole Stevens

Earlier this month, the U.S. Army announced that Austin, Texas, will be the location for its new Futures Command headquarters. The command, intended to be the spearhead of the Army’s modernization effort , will direct the research and development (R&D) of new military technologies and build partnerships with civilian innovators in academia and industry.

Futures Command is poised for success. It has clear objectives , the authority of a four-star Army command, and an innovation-rich environment to work with in Austin. Rarely does a team, in any field or at any level, find itself in such a favorable position and with the power to see its projects through to execution.

Despite these conditions, Futures Command has a daunting mission ahead of it, one that is not clear it will be able to achieve. The command is charged with nothing less than overhauling and modernizing the United States Army, one of the most cumbersome and bureaucratic organizations in the world.

Beyond that, America’s global competitors haven’t been sitting on their hands. China has modernized its force at an alarming rate, pouring billions into defense R&D and aggressively pursuing global leadership in technologies like artificial intelligence . In the past few years, Russia has charged ahead in advancing its missile technologies and has become an enthusiastic employer of autonomous weaponry . Staying ahead of these challengers, much less keeping pace with them, should not be taken for granted.



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