Forget Space Force: Army's New Futures Command Aims to Win Every Future War


One of the most refreshing things to come out of Trump’s first presidential term has been the reemergence of military pride.

Between the start of the war in Afghanistan and what feels like the entirety of Obama’s presidency, it felt like public faith in America’s military was at an all-time low.

That clearly isn’t the case under Trump.

The Space Force was the first sign that Trump’s desire to renew America’s military strength was a sincere one.

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And while galactic dominance is a romantic notion, it’s still a ways off. But that doesn’t mean Trump’s ignoring the immediate future as well.

The U.S. Army officially unveiled its new Army Futures Command center on Friday, potentially foreshadowing a completely new era for the Army.

The four star command center, situated in Austin, Texas, was built for the purpose of modernizing the Army’s approach to handling various conflicts.

Austin was chosen, as opposed to a traditional isolated military base, primarily due to the technological boom occurring in the Texas capital. Many agree that Austin is the leading technological innovator behind only Silicon Valley at the moment.

Do you think this new command center is a good asset?

“Locating it [the command] here in Austin demonstrates the type of bold change we need to excel in today’s combat environment,” Mark Esper, secretary of the Army, said Friday during the AFC ribbon cutting ceremony, according to CNBC.

“We knew that to do this right we needed to immerse ourselves in an environment where innovation encourages speeds far faster than our current process,” Esper said.

Esper’s “current process” statement could be seen as a rather scathing indictment of traditional military methods that often get bogged down under bureaucratic heft. That won’t be nearly as big of an issue under Trump, apparently.

Considering that the AFC’s primary purpose will be to innovate, to improve speeds in all areas of the Army and to be proactive, as opposed to reactive, to threats, avoiding as much bureaucratic slog as possible seems rather ideal.

Further reinforcing the philosophy of speed, the new command center is expected to be fully operational in August 2019.

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Many, including politicians and military officials, have lauded the move as the most significant and important organizational shake-up since the 1970’s. It’s been overdue, to say the least.

“There is no better place for the United States Army than right here in Austin, Texas,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday.

The command center will share real estate with the University of Texas School of Engineering, as well as Capital Factory, a firm dedicated to connecting entrepreneurs and investors.

I, for one, think this is a bold, innovative and exciting new step forward for the military. It’s about time.

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Bryan Chai has written news and sports for The Western Journal for more than five years and has produced more than 1,300 stories. He specializes in the NBA and NFL as well as politics.
Bryan Chai has written news and sports for The Western Journal for more than five years and has produced more than 1,300 stories. He specializes in the NBA and NFL as well as politics. He graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. He is an avid fan of sports, video games, politics and debate.
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