Massachusetts has six military bases all with their own unique national security missions.  They are each strongly supported by the local community and have enormous economic impacts and important missions.  According to the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute more than 46,500 jobs directly and indirectly are related to our installations that have an estimated economic impact of more than $14.2 billion to Massachusetts.  Additionally another report by the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute show the importance of the Defense Industry in Massachusetts

  • Collectively, Massachusetts’ defense and homeland security federal contracts generate more than 130,000 jobs in the Commonwealth.
  • In 2011, Massachusetts received $13.9 billion in DoD or DHS contracts, an 83% increase to the Commonwealth since 2003.
  • In 2011, the New England region received nearly $34 billion in Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) contracts, an 85 percent increase to the region since 2003. Defense and Homeland Security contract work performed in New England is responsible for a total of more than 319,000 jobs and a total payroll of more than $22.6 billion across the region. The overall direct, indirect and induced economic activity generated by the resulting work performed in New England exceeds $62 billion.

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Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield

Direct Jobs: 1317, Indirect Jobs: 404, Total Jobs: 1721/Economic Impact: $126.31 million

Mission: Barnes Air National Guard Base is an exemplary base that provides 24-hour protection for the northeastern region of the United States with our F-15’s. The 104th Fighter Wing at Barnes has received numerous accolades, including the 2009 to 2011 Air Force Outstanding Unit Award.  At home, these men and women have also served as first responders over the last year in the aftermath of the June 2011 tornadoes, Hurricane Irene, and recent Nor’easters that have devastated parts of the region and the Commonwealth. With more than 1,600 direct and indirect jobs in Western Massachusetts as a result of military aviation at Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport, Barnes’ growth is now triggering additional economic activity in Westfield. Adjacent to the base is Gulfstream Aerospace, which recently announced plans to build a new maintenance hangar at the airport with support from the Patrick-Murray Administration

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Fort Devens in Ayer, Devens, Harvard, and Lancaster

Direct Jobs: 1895, Indirect Jobs: 1284, Total Jobs: 3179/Economic Impact: $396.6 million

Mission: Despite a drawdown of military facilities and base closures across New England in recent decades, including the loss of the active duty component at Fort Devens in 1996, the 5,156 acre base features training, operational military, and homeland security assets that are important to the New England region and the country. As a leader in joint force location and operations, Fort Devens supports civilians and military personnel from the U.S. Army, Marines, Navy, National Guard, FBI, and Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. Among its multiple missions, the Base Camp Integration Lab (BCIL), a unique mission that replicates combat zones 8,000 miles away in Iraq and Afghanistan, opened at Fort Devens in 2011.  In addition to this training experience, BCIL partners with the U.S. Army’s Soldier Systems Center in Natick – military and civilian personnel in Natick develop technology and soldiers at BCIL then test the technology.  For example, Fort Devens may measure fuel and power usage through innovative technology created at Natick which will increase energy efficiency and ultimately save the military money.  This is a valuable partnership for Massachusetts and the country.

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Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, Concord, Lexington, and Lincoln

Direct Jobs: 3628, Indirect Jobs: 14,507, Total Jobs: 18,135/Economic Impact: $8.44 billion

Mission: Hanscom is a leader in joint force location and operations with civilians and military from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy, and Department of Defense residing on the 846 acre base. At the base, a mix of active-duty military, civilian, and contractor employees develop and acquire sophisticated radar, cyber, and information technology-based systems that provide critical battlefield situational awareness to U.S. warfighters.  The joint mission expanded last winter when the Massachusetts Air and National Guard headquarters relocated to Hanscom, adding 300 new jobs to the region.  (LINK TO  Hanscom is also collaborating with Massport, including expansion plans to bring dozens of new jobs and allowing the Air Force to use of Massport’s Hanscom Field at no cost.  With increases expected in Cyber Security programs nationwide, Hanscom has the potential to lead new missions to protect our national security.  The efforts at Hanscom dovetail perfectly with world-renown private research and development institutions in Massachusetts.

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Massachusetts Military Reservation (Otis Air National Guard Base, Camp Edwards Army National Guard Base, Coast Guard Station Cape Cod, U.S. Air Force Radar Station/PAVE PAWS) in Bourne, Mashpee, and Sandwich

Direct Jobs: 2262, Indirect Jobs: 1428, Total Jobs: 3690/Economic Impact: $405 million

Mission: MMR is a leader in joint force location and operations with civilians and military from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, and National Guard residing on a 22,000 acre base. Among the multiple missions on the base, Otis Air National Guard Base provides precision intelligence for worldwide combat support and homeland security with national and economic implications for us all. Camp Edwards, also on the base, is the largest training area in the Northeast for soldiers from New England, civilian first responders, and law enforcement. The U.S. Air Force’s 6th Space Warning Squadron PavePAWS provides accurate and timely missile warning and space surveillance while guarding the Commonwealth and country against ballistic missiles. A fourth tenant, the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, is responsible for the waters stretching from New Jersey to the Canadian border and saves an average of 50 lives annually.

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Natick Soldier Systems Center (NSSC) in Natick

Direct Jobs: 1612, Indirect Jobs: 12,892, Total Jobs: 14,504/Economic Impact: $4.41 billion

Mission: NSSC supports civilians and military from the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard.  NSSC is a unique U.S. Army base that develops innovative technologies to provide the best protection, training, and advantages for our servicemen and women on the battlefield.  Ranging from food to clothing, the base researches and develops any item servicemen and women use in combat.  Their technology also helps to manage energy efficient shelters and airdrop systems on the battlefield.  There is no other facility in the country that researches and develops this level of technology for all branches of the military.

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Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee

Direct Jobs: 3931, Indirect Jobs: 1392, Total Jobs: 5323/Economic Impact: $393.67 million

Mission: Westover Air Reserve Base, home to sixteen C-5 Galaxy transport planes of the 439th Airlift Wing, which provides critical heavy-lift transport capabilities to support U.S. military operations in Europe and the Middle East. Westover is about one hour closer to NATO countries in Europe than the next nearest logistics base, and three hours closer than Lackland in Texas. This proximity to Europe is vital. Westover also serves as an Incident Support Base for emergency management teams responding to hurricane’s and winter storms.  In 2011, Westover hosted hundreds of FEMA trucks, trailers, and generators for Hurricane Irene relief.

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