REP LIEU LEADS LA REPS IN SUPPORT OF ARMY FUTURES COMMAND IN LOS ANGELES
LOS ANGELES – This week, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) led a group of 17 Members of Congress from greater Los Angeles expressing support for an Army Futures Command in Los Angeles. In a letter to Army Secretary Mark Esper, the Members outlined why Los Angeles would be an unparalleled hub of talent, research and innovation for the U.S. Army.
In the letter, the Members write:
Ranked as one of the top tech hubs in the country, LA would privde Futures Command with the perfect access to technology, talent, and academia. Each year, the region’s top-tier institutions such as UCLA, USC and CalTech graduate the most engineers in the country, and obtain millions in research funding. “Silicon Beach,” located in the western part of the city, is home to nearly 500 start-ups and major tech companies. From 2013 through 2017, venture capitalist firms invested a total of $21.6 billion in the region. This same entrepreneurial and innovative spirit thrives in other industries in the area, such as biotech, medicine, and entertainment. Futures Command could leverage these diverse perspectives to find innovative breakthroughs.
Unlike other cities, LA also has a long history of being the center of defense innovation. In 1969, researchers sent the first email from UCLA to colleagues at Stanford—their feat only made possible through the U.S. Defense Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency Network. Today, the same collaborative spirit continues to contribute to our national security interests. Home to nearly 50,000 aerospace and defense employees, LA manufactures products such as parts to the F-35 stealth fighters and Gray Eagle drones. Alongside adding to our military’s capabilities, the region remains a place of cutting-edge defense research and home to three legacy Federally-Funded Research and Development Centers: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Aerospace Corps, and RAND. Initiatives like the Advanced Manufacturing Partnerships for Southern California have built successful partnerships among these multiple groups, resulting in over 5,000 new jobs and $1 billion in investment to the sector since 2014. Given that Futures Command will be the Army’s most significant organization development since 1973, having these existing relationships will be crucial for success.
As Army narrows its choices in the coming weeks, it is our sincere hope that you will strongly consider the City of Los Angeles. With its robust talent pool, available infrastructure, and history of defense innovation, the City of Los Angeles would support the Army’s efforts to prepare its soldiers for the future of combat.
READ THE FULL TEXT OF THE LETTER HERE