San Diego is being considered as the home for the Army Futures Command, a new major command for the U.S. Army that will incubate emerging technology and innovations, according to a press release.
The new command would employ a military and civilian workforce, creating nearly 500 jobs.
San Diego is among 15 other cities under consideration for the command’s landing place. San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer received a letter on April 17, informing him of the city’s candidacy.
According to the San Diego Military Advisory Council, the San Diego region is home to the largest concentration of military in the world. While the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard have a significant presence in the region, the Army Futures Command would establish a new military branch in San Diego.
The other cities being considered include: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Raleigh, San Francisco and Seattle.