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President Trump Nominates New Army Future Command

Lt. Gen. John Murray, right, has been nominated to take on the new Army Futures Command as its first commander.

Lt. Gen. John Murray may be officially nominated by U.S. President Donald Trump to become the very first four-star commander for the new Army Futures Command, according to the July 17 congressional record.

The three-star general, who’ll turned into a four-star if confirmed, is now in the role of the deputy chief of staff Army G-8, the assistance programming arm. InsideDefense.com first reported that

Murray was headed for the recently formed command in June, but the Army may not confirm his selection, even during an AFC briefing on the Pentagon on July 13.

Murray’s nomination has become referred towards the Senate Armed Services Committee. His confirmation hearing date has not been set.

The official nomination comes just days as soon as the Army announced the command will be based in Austin, Texas.

The AFC was stood up in October at the Association with the U.S. Army’s annual conference in Washington. The plan is to realign the Army’s modernization priorities with a new organization that can implement cross-functional teams that correspond using the service’s top six modernization efforts: Long-Range Precision Fires, Next-Generation Combat Vehicle, Future Vertical Lift, the network, air and missile defense, and soldier lethality.

These priorities address gaps the Army found, as it looked toward fighting complex, hybrid wars against near-peer adversaries, because of an emphasis on asymmetric warfare and counterinsurgency operations in the last 15 years.

“We are in the midst of your change in the very character of war,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said with a July 13 Pentagon press briefing. “And we don’t, and didn’t, contain the organization solely specialized in that.”

The Army believes Austin can provide the modern command using the tools to get disruptive, innovative and break the whole service out from the archaic industrial age, and can effectively concentrate on modernizing and preparing for future, more advanced operations.

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