The Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force was created by executive order on February 27, 2012 and chaired by Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray, formalizing the working group he led since 2011. The Task Force’s establishment was a call for action to begin a long-term initiative supporting Massachusetts’ military installations in order to both collaborate with them and explore opportunities to bring in new missions. After Lieutenant Governor Murray’s departure, Governor Deval Patrick, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas and former U.S. Senator William “Mo” Cowan became the Task Force’s new leaders in July 2013.
The Task Force collaborates with the military as well as leaders of industry, academia, non-profit groups, quasi-public agencies, and government at the federal, state, and local levels, especially the Commonwealth’s federal delegation, to enhance, expand, add or otherwise improve missions, programs, facilities and operations on or affecting the military installations in Massachusetts .
The Task Force fosters strong partnerships in order to:
- Develop, coordinate, and implement actions in the areas of workforce training, infrastructure improvements, environmental and utility savings, housing, and transportation to support the missions and Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, Coast Guardsmen, Families, and Civilians at military installations throughout the Commonwealth;
- Identify steps the Commonwealth can take to remedy problem areas before preliminary recommendations from the federal government are adopted and missions are implemented; and
- Advise the Governor and Executive and Legislative Branch officials regarding the ongoing efforts by the U.S. Department of Defense to close, realign, restructure, streamline or otherwise take action that would impact military installations located within the Commonwealth.
Since its creation, the Task Force analyzed our military installations to identify opportunities for filling vacant spaces, upgrading aging infrastructure, increasing energy efficiency, fostering new missions, and building partnerships to create more jobs and economic development at and around each base.
In March 2014 Governor Deval Patrick signed H. 3736, “An Act Encouraging the Improvement, Expansion and Development of Military Installations in the Commonwealth,” which authorizes funding for infrastructure projects in partnership with Massachusetts military installations and the Massachusetts National Guard. These projects are designed to expand public and private sector growth for the cities and towns surrounding each installation and enhance both the military installation’s value in support of national and domestic security goals
The bill also designates the Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force to continue the long term effort to study potential projects that benefit the military and the Commonwealth and allows MassDevelopment to provide utility services to military installations if pursued by an installation.
Task Force members include:
- Governor Deval L Patrick (Co-Chair)
- Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (Honorary Co-Chair)
- Former U.S. Senator William Mo Cowan (Co-Chair)
- The Secretary of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security
- The Adjutant General of Massachusetts
- The Commander of the Massachusetts Army National Guard
- The Commander of the Massachusetts Air National Guard
- The Secretary of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
- The Secretary of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
- The Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services
- The Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs
- The Secretary of the Executive Office of Education
- The Secretary of Administration and Finance
- The Secretary of the Department of Transportation
- The Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Port Authority
- The Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Services
- The President and Chief Executive Officer of MassDevelopment
- One (1) member from the Massachusetts State Senate, who serves as the Senate Chairman of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs (Senator Michael Rush)
- One (1) member from the Massachusetts State Senate, recommended by the Senate Minority Leader (Senator Donald Humason)
- One (1) member from the Massachusetts House of Representatives, who serves as the House Chairman of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs (Representative Carlo Basile).
- One (1) member from the Massachusetts House of Representatives, recommended by the House Minority Leader (Representative David Vieira)
- Two (2) members from Higher Education (General (Ret.) Kevin Ryan and UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy)
- Two (2) members from the Defense Sector (General (Ret.) Anthony Schiavi, Appointment Pending)
If you need more information about the Military Task Force and its activities, please contact:
Senior Policy Advisor & Executive Director of the Military Task Force
Office of Governor Deval L. Patrick