Governor Charlie Baker today announced John C. Beatty Sr. as the new Executive Director of the Massachusetts Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force. The task force works to promote and strengthen the Commonwealth\u2019s six military installations and their impact on local communities and economies at the federal, state and local level.\n\n\u201cThe Commonwealth\u2019s six military installations play vital roles in our national defense and advancing the Massachusetts economy, from cybersecurity innovations at Hanscom Air Force Base to advanced robotics at Joint Base Cape Cod and Westover Air Reserve Base and pioneering smart, advanced materials at Natick Soldier Systems Center,\u201d\u00a0said Governor Charlie Baker. \u201cI look forward to John Beatty\u2019s leadership of the Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force as we continue to enhance the economic vitality of Massachusetts military institutions\u201d\n\n\u201cThe vitality of our military installations, and well-being of our service members and their families, will continue to be a top priority for our administration,\u201d\u00a0said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. \u201cMr. Beatty\u2019s extensive management experience in the military at home and abroad, including overseeing over 3,000 service members in New England, makes him uniquely capable for this important role\u201d\n\nAs Task Force Executive Director, Beatty will interact with leaders at Massachusetts military installations to identify partnerships, and opportunities for mission enhancement and cost reduction. He will act as liaison between the Commonwealth and community leaders to keep them aligned in highlighting installation activities in both Massachusetts and Washington.\u00a0\n\n\u201cMassachusetts is cultivating deep ties between military installations and our nationally-leading innovation economy,\u201d\u00a0said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. \u201cFrom our leadership on the Pentagon-sponsored National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, to our new Innovation Bridge platform for connecting private-sector innovators to military contract opportunities, Massachusetts is leading the nation in driving military innovation. We are excited to welcome John Beatty to our team, to carry this progress forward.\u201d\n\n\u201cMassachusetts\u2019 military installations provide an important defense framework for the Commonwealth, and serve as vital economic drivers for the state,\u201d\u00a0Beatty said.\u00a0\u201cI\u2019m looking forward to working with the Baker-Polito Administration and military leadership to ensure the strength, readiness and capability of the bases.\u201d\n\nThe Commonwealth of Massachusetts is home to six military installations with more than $13 billion in total economic activity and support for more than 57,000 jobs, including Hanscom Air Force Base, Natick Soldier Systems Center, Joint Base Cape Cod, Fort Devens, Westover Air Force Reserve Base and Barnes Air National Guard Base.\n\n\u00a0\n\nAbout John Beatty:\n\nA native of South Boston, Lieutenant Colonel (retired) John C. Beatty graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned into the U.S. Army Field Artillery.\u00a0 During his 23 years of military service he led a range of diverse organizations, commanding units in Germany and Kosovo and deploying twice to the Middle East.\u00a0 In 2008, Mr. Beatty served as the Deputy Director for the Governance, Reconstruction and Economic Development Cell for Multi-National Division Baghdad, leading an effort to further an independent, self-governing Iraq. In his capstone assignment as the Inspector General for the Maine National Guard, Mr. Beatty provided policy advice and counsel to three adjutants General while serving the Soldiers, Airmen, and self-less civilians of the Maine National Guard and Department of Veterans services and Emergency Management.\n\n\u00a0\n\n\u00a0About the Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force:\nHoused within the Office of the Governor and supported by the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development and MassDevelopment, the Task Force coordinates among the Commonwealth\u2019s six military facilities to maximize their efficiency. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is home to six military installations with more than $13 billion in total economic activity and support for more than 57,000 jobs, including Hanscom Air Force Base, Natick Soldier Systems Center, Joint Base Cape Cod, Fort Devens, Westover Air Force Reserve Base and Barnes Air National Guard Base.