Sen. Jerry Moran pushes for Army command headquarters in Wichita

Published: Mar. 19, 2018 at 3:07 PM CDT
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Senator Jerry Moran is pushing for Wichita to play an increased role within the structure of the U.S. Army.

Moran's office says on Thursday morning (March 15), the senator spoke with Army Undersecretary Ryan McCarthy to advocate for Wichita as the headquarters of the new Army Futures Command.

"The Army is currently assessing 30 metropolitan areas to be the home of the Army’s new Futures Command, which is intended to advance the Army's modernization priorities by seeking an innovative environment aligned with academia and industry to bridge the gap between military culture and civilian innovator," Moran's office says.

Moran sees an opportunity in Wichita with its innovation and proven track record of working with the federal government. This includes Wichita State University's Innovation Campus, the National Institute for Aviation Research and the "growing global aerospace industry with a significant presence in Wichita."

He explained the Army Futures Command as "a new, innovative initiative to streamline processes and get solutions to the warfighter more efficiently."

This new command will empower the Army to think about the future and execute the Chief of Staff General Mark Milley’s priorities by reducing layers of management and increasing accountability," Moran says. "A new command such as this ought to be located in a town that shares this innovative vision, and has the experience and talent in academia and industry to aid in the mission of Futures Command."