AUSTIN, Texas -- National and state leaders are praising the Army’s decision to name Austin as the location for a new command headquarters that will focus on how to modernize the service and prepare for future wars.

“The legacy of America’s freedom depends in part on the ability of our Armed Forces to remain at the forefront of technological advancement, expand our military’s power to assess threats, and modernize our defense,” Gov. Greg Abbott said. “The State of Texas is proud to partner with the U.S. Army in establishing the Futures Command to harness the cutting-edge technologies needed to build an innovative, research-based foundation for our national defense.”

Officials say Austin is well-suited for the Army’s high-technology and academic needs.