New Army com­mand in Texas out to counter emerg­ing threats

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WASH­ING­TON — The cre­ation of a new Tex­as­based Army com­mand fo­cused on the fu­ture will help the mil­i­tary adapt to the emerg­ing threats from pow­ers such as China and Rus­sia af­ter years of coun­terin­sur­gency war­fare, Army lead­ers said Fri­day.

Gen. Mark Mil­ley, the Army’s chief of staff, told re­porters that the mil­i­tary rec­og­nized that China and Rus­sia have im­proved their mil­i­tary ca­pa­bil­i­ties while the U.S. has been fight­ing in­sur­gents in Iraq, Syria and else­where for the past 16 years or more.

“We are in the midst of a change in the very char­ac­ter of war,” said Mil­ley, 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.”

In re­sponse, the Army an­nounced it will launch the Fu­tures Com­mand in Austin, Texas, aimed at en­sur­ing the ser­vice is ready for fu­ture wars.

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.

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. There are no fi­nal costs yet for the com­mand.

AL­VARO BARRIENTOS/AP

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