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U.S. Army to place new Futures Command near major city

A man carrying traditional bread walks past soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army in Ghazni, Afghanistan. Photo: Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. Army hopes to build its new Futures Command headquarters in a major city, allowing it to be close to major academic institutions and experts in technology and innovation, per the AP. It's a notable change for the Army, which typically prefers locating in rural areas to maximize space and minimize public disruption.

The details: The Futures Command is set to investigate emerging threats to the U.S. — and study and mobilize the necessary equipment to tackle those challenges. Army officials had 15 cities under consideration, narrowing the list to an undisclosed number of finalists — though they've visited Boston, Raleigh, and Austin.

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