A team of economic development organizations representing Detroit is submitting a proposal to the task force selecting the headquarters location for the Army’s new Futures Command even though the Army did not include the city in the list of 15 finalists it released in April. Detroit’s strong showing in three of the four categories — private sector innovation, talent, and strength of research and development resources for STEM — the Army’s consultant used to rank 30 candidates helped Michigan Sen. Gary Peters (D) persuade Army Secretary Mark Esper to allow the city to submit a bid, reported the Detroit Free Press. Detroit was left off the initial list of finalists because of its poor showing in the fourth attribute, quality of life, particularly due to a low ranking in a criterion measuring the region’s overall health and access to medical care.
Peters believes that Michigan, which hosts the Tank-automotive and Armaments Command and the Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, is “the obvious place” to locate a futures command for a ground force military organization. “We want to be seen as the place the Army wants to be as it thinks about the future of technology and warfare,” he said.
Army photo by Carl Jones II