Trump commanded the U.S. Army to catch up to the current battle strategies. It’s the most significant reorganization since 1973.
The creation of a new Texas-based Army command focused on the future will help the soldier service adapt to the emerging threats from powers such as China and Russia after years of counterinsurgency warfare, according to Army leaders.
“We are in the midst of a change in the very character of war,” the Army’s chief of staff, Gen. Mark Milley, said Friday adding that the Army set aside major modernization programs in order to fight the current fight. “No one was solely dedicated to looking into the deep future and determining the implications to the United States Army and the conduct of ground combat of this changing character of war that we’re coming to grips with.”
According to The Western Journal, Army Secretary Mark Esper said the command is the Army’s most significant reorganization in decades and will help provide soldiers with the weapons and equipment they need when they need it.
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The Army laid out plans to create the command last October, marking the first time since 1973 that the service has added such a high-level new headquarters.
The command is expected to have a staff of about 500 people, led by a four-star general. Ryan McCarthy, the undersecretary of the Army, said the incentive package offered by the city of Austin is still under discussion, and there are no final costs yet for the command.
Initially, 15 cities were in contention, but the Army narrowed down the list to five finalists last month: Austin, Boston, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Raleigh, North Carolina.
McCarthy said Austin outscored all the other cities on the key criteria, including access to universities with high-quality engineering schools, academic talent, flourishing incubators for high-tech startups, good quality of life and reasonable cost of living.