Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts
Hanscom AFB is approximately 20 miles northwest of Boston, MA, 25 miles south of Nashua, New Hampshire, and 85 miles from Portland, Maine.
Hanscom AFB manages development and acquisition of electronic command and control systems. These systems gather and analyze information of potentially hostile forces, enabling commanders to make quick decisions and rapidly pass them on to their forces. They help to direct the muscle of America's air-power to the right target at the right time.
L.G. Hanscom Field was built in 1941 and served originally as a training base for P-40 Warhawk pilots bound for North Africa. The base soon took on the air defense of Boston as an additional mission. By the 1950s, the Army Air Force and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology were coordinating early computer and electronics reserach. The base's operational mission diminished, while its role in the development of air defense systems grew.
In its 2005 BRAC Recommendations, DoD recommended to realign Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, Maxwell AFB, AL, and Lackland AFB, TX, by relocating Air & Space Information Systems Research and Development & Acquisition to Hanscom AFB. This recommendation would reduce the number of technical facilities engaged in Air & Space Sensors, Electronic Warfare, and Electronics and Information Systems RDAT&E from 6 to 2. Through this consolidation, the Department would increase efficiency of RDAT&E operations resulting, in a multi-functional center of excellence in the rapidly changing technology area of C4ISR. Environmentally, this recommendation would have the potential to impact air quality at Hanscom. Additional operations at Hanscom might impact archeological sites, which might constrain operations. This recommendation might require building on constrained acreage at Hanscom. The hazardous waste program at Hanscom would need modification. Additional operations might impact wetlands at Hanscom, which might restrict operations.
In another recommendation, DoD would realign Air Force Research Laboratory, Hanscom, MA, by relocating the Sensors Directorate to Wright Patterson Air Force Base, OH, and the Space Vehicles Directorate to Kirtland Air Force Base, NM. In the same recommendation, DoD would realign Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, OH, by relocating the Information Systems Directorate to Hanscom Air Force Base, MA. This recommendation would realign and consolidate portions of the Air Force and Army Research Laboratories to provide greater synergy across technical disciplines and functions. It would do this by consolidating geographically separate units of the Air Force and Army Research Laboratories. This recommendation would enable technical synergy, and would position the Department of the Defense to exploit a center-of-mass of scientific, technical, and acquisition expertise. Assuming no economic recovery, this recommendation could result in a maximum potential reduction of 362 jobs (225 direct jobs and 137 indirect jobs) over the 2006-2011 period in the Cambridge-Newton-Framingham, MA Metropolitan Statistical Area (less than 0.1 percent). Environmentally, additional operations at Hanscom might impact cultural sites, which might constrain operations. This recommendation might require building on constrained acreage at Hanscom. Additional operations at Hanscom might impact wetlands, which may restrict operations.
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