San Francisco is among 15 cities the U.S. Army is considering for the headquarters of its planned Futures Command, which will keep track of emerging technology and innovations that could be used in warfighting.
Any technologies and concepts beyond the current Five-Year Defense Plan will be the responsibility of Army Futures Command.
Officials say it's the most significant reorganization since 1973.
The Army notified the cities this week and asked for detailed information.
The other contenders are Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Boston; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Houston; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; New York; Philadelphia; Raleigh, North Carolina; San Diego; and Seattle.
The Army says the headquarters should be near universities and technology companies. It says the host city should have workforce expertise in biomedicine, chemistry, computer hardware and software, electronics, materials and mechanical systems.
The Army hasn't said when it would choose a city.
It would be the fourth command-level operation in the Army.