WASHINGTON - There are now 15 cities the Army will choose from to host its new modernization command, the service told Congress, where lawmakers are lobbying to attract it.

The Army says Army Futures Command headquarters, with less than 500 personnel, will be located in either Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh, N.C., San Diego, San Francisco or Seattle.

Army Undersecretary Ryan McCarthy notified House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, and Ranking Member Adam Smith, D-Wash., in a April 17 letter. The letter was previously reported by Inside Defense.

“We want this headquarters to be located near leading academic and commercial institutions to harness the best talent possible in emerging technology and innovation,” McCarthy said in the letter.

The Army aims to rearrange its modernization priorities under the command, which leaders have described as a small, hoodies-and-jeans alternative to a stuffy bureau on a military base.

Joe Gould is the Congress and industry reporter at Defense News, covering defense budget and policy matters on Capitol Hill as well as industry news.

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