Governor Patrick holds press conference at Lincoln Laboratory

Announces Hanscom AFB as candidate for USAF Cyber Command headquarters

Governor Deval L. Patrick announced that he has submitted a proposal to locate the headquarters of the U.S. Air Force Cyber Command (HQ AFCYBER) at Hanscom Air Force Base. At a press conference held on 1 July at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, the governor said that Massachusetts presented a "very, very compelling case" for siting HQ AFCYBER on the Hanscom complex. Initiated in 2005, AFCYBER has responsibility for preserving access to and protecting the integrity of information in cyberspace.

Photo of Governor Deval Patrick and other dignitaries at press conference at Lincoln LaboratoryDuring a press conference held at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Governor Deval L. Patrick (center) announced the submittal of a proposal to site the Air Force’s new Cyber Command at Hanscom Air Force Base. Joining Gov. Patrick on stage are, from left to right, Eric D. Evans, Director of Lincoln Laboratory; Daniel O’Connell, Secretary of Housing and Economic Affairs; Kevin Burke, Secretary of Public Safety; and Donald J. Quenneville, executive director of the Defense Technology Initiative.

Among the reasons supporting Hanscom AFB’s bid is its proximity to major research universities such as MIT, Harvard, and UMass; to cutting-edge technology centers such as Lincoln Laboratory and MITRE; and to defense contractors such as Raytheon. In addition, Hanscom AFB is home to the Electronic Systems Center, which is the acquisition arm of AFCYBER and the provider of command-and-control and information systems to the USAF. The case for Hanscom’s selection is strengthened by Massachusetts’ recognized status as an incubator of innovative technologies and by its skilled technology work force.  

Photo of round-table discussion with Gov. PatrickDuring a round-table meeting at Lincoln Laboratory, Governor Patrick discusses the proposal to locate the headquarters for the Air Force Cyber Command at Hanscom Air Force Base with members of his cabinet and representatives from the technology community.

"Information technology is a key economic driver for Massachusetts and a key strategic one for our military," said Governor Patrick. "The Air Force's Cyber Command is a natural fit at Hanscom Air Force Base."

The governor said that the establishment of HQ AFCYBER at Hanscom AFB would spur economic development and job growth, particularly in Massachusetts but also in other New England states that have high-tech information services and defense industries.

This summer, Air Force officials will visit all states that submitted proposals and select four finalists sometime this fall. A final decision is expected by spring of 2009.


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