MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Politicians, communities, and companies in the Twin Cities are making a united pitch for a new military headquarters.

The Department of Defense's Army Futures Command will be a research and development headquarters that intends to partner with local talent on the next generation of technology innovations.

Michael Langley is CEO of Greater MSP, the Minneapolis-St. Paul region's development partnership. He's coordinating the effort to attract the project and must meet a Thursday deadline to present the department with a detailed case for the area.

Langley hopes the area's history of technical collaboration, its growing high-tech sector and its robust academic institutions will make it stand out.

The Army is deciding between 15 finalist areas for the headquarters, including Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Seattle and New York City.