New Directorate at Hanscom AFB Underscores Regions Technological Edge Officials Say

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., will become the home of a new directorate that allows senior military leaders to communicate with the nation’s nuclear forces, adding more than 40 positions at the Boston-area installation and 40 more with local contractors.The Nuclear Command, Control and Communications (NC3) Integration Directorate and Program Executive Officer also brings a third high-ranking program executive officer to Hanscom. The move reflects “the importance of the base’s steadily growing mission and validates the unmatched technological expertise at Hanscom and throughout the surrounding region,” according to an announcement from the Massachusetts Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force and the state’s congressional delegation.The directorate will not house actual weapons.Gov. Charlie Baker (R), the congressional delegation and members of the Task Force urged Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James to consider Hanscom as the location for the new directorate when she visited the base last year.“This decision demonstrates the commonwealth’s many strengths and in coordination with our federal delegation, the overwhelming support and recognition for the role our military facilities, service members and their families play in Massachusetts,” Baker said.The importance of the region’s highly educated workforce was further reinforced last month when DOD announced it would invest hundreds of millions of dollars to upgrade MIT’s Lincoln Labs at Hanscom, said Rep. Niki Tsongas (D).“Now, the establishment of the NC3 Directorate at Hanscom is even further evidence that the military, at its top levels, recognizes and appreciates what Hanscom and the commonwealth have to offer: unmatched capabilities and benefits for our men and women in uniform that keep our military on the cutting edge of technical innovation,” Tsongas said.“By choosing Hanscom for this highly technical directorate, the DOD is solidifying its commitment to seeing Hanscom’s mission continue to grow, and ensuring that this base will continue to be an economic driver and job creator for years to come,” she stated.last_img

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