Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force

Overview and History

The Commonwealth created the Massachusetts Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force in 2012 to protect and expand missions, jobs and economic investments at and surrounding Massachusetts' military installations. Housed within the Office of the Governor and supported by the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development and MassDevelopment, the Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force coordinates among the Commonwealth’s military facilities to maximize their efficiency.

Massachusetts is home to six military installations with more than $13.2 billion in total economic activity and support for more than 57,600 jobs, including Barnes Air National Guard Base, Fort Devens, Hanscom Air Force Base, Joint Base Cape Cod, the U.S. Army's Natick Soldier Systems Center, and Westover Air Reserve Base.

Massachusetts Military Installations

Barnes Air National Guard Base, located in Westfield at the Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport, hosts the 104th Fighter Wing and Army rotary wing assets. The F-15 Eagle is an all-weather, extremely maneuverable tactical fighter that provides 24-hour protection for the northeastern United States. The Air National Guard maintains Barnes’ highly-trained, well-equipped, and motivated military force to provide combat-ready F-15 aircraft and support elements in response to wartime and peacetime tasking under state and federal authorities.

Fort Devens, located in Ayer, Devens, Harvard, and Lancaster, provides training facilities and training support to enhance the readiness of reserve component units in New England. Fort Devens supports civilians and military personnel from the U.S. Army, Marines, Navy, National Guard, FBI, and Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, and at least 35 tenants at the reserve forces training area support nearly 3,000 personnel.

Hanscom Air Force Base occupies 846 acres within Bedford, Concord, Lexington, and Lincoln and is adjacent to L.G. Hanscom Field, a full-service general aviation airport owned and operated by Massport. Hanscom AFB is home to the Air Force Life Cycles Management Center, 66th Air Base Group, Massachusetts National Guard Joint Force Headquarters, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Labs, and Hanscom Collaboration and Innovation Center.

Joint Base Cape Cod, located on 22,000 acres within in Bourne, Falmouth, Mashpee, and Sandwich, is home to five military commands, including the Massachusetts Army National Guard at Camp Edwards; the Massachusetts Air National Guard at Otis Air National Guard Base; the 253rd Combat Communications Group, also at Otis Air National Guard Base; the 6th Space Warning Squadron phased array radar site at Cape Cod Air Force Station; and the U.S. Coast Guard at Air Station Cape Cod. These military commands work to protect the land, sea, and air of the northeastern United States.

Natick Soldier Systems Center, known as Natick Labs, is the U.S. Army’s center for soldier-related research and development. The installation is responsible for technology research and development; engineering; field-testing; and systems to support soldiers in combat, including human-systems integration, food, clothing, and shelter. The NSSC also has specialized expertise in parachute design and airdrop systems.

Westover Air Reserve Base, in Chicopee, is a joint-use military and civilian airport which hosts the 439th Airlift Wing and supports the mission of the C-5B Galaxy and civilian aviation activities. Strategically located in the northeast in close proximity to Europe and NATO alliances, the Base has played a prominent role in every major contingency requiring strategic airlift. It is the nation’s largest Air Reserve Base in area, and supports reservists from 34 states who travel to Westover to serve in the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marine Reserve units.

Task Force




Executive Director

Gov. Charlie Baker named John C. Beatty as the Massachusetts Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force Executive Director in June 2016. A native of South Boston, Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Beatty graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned into the U.S. Army Field Artillery. 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. 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.