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High-Tech Workforce Represents Key Asset for Massachusetts Bases

  • August 28, 2015
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Massachusetts officials are highlighting the state’s concentration of high-tech talent, including academic and industry resources, as the state promotes its six military installations ahead of a possible BRAC round. “As all of this stuff has gotten more and more technologically sophisticated over the course of this past decade or so, what we do here I think becomes even more important,” Gov. Charlie Baker told WBUR following a trip to Washington, D.C., in July to meet with lawmakers and Pentagon officials. In an interview with WBUR last week following a visit to Hanscom Air Force Base, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James indicated her department values the state’s skilled workforce …

To Preserve Aerospace Cluster, San Antonio Needs to Revisit Its ‘Value Proposition’

  • August 7, 2015
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San Antonio needs to think strategically about the advantages it offers the aerospace industry to ensure it doesn’t lose a chunk of the sector to other places, a senior executive with Port San Antonio said at a chamber of commerce event last month. Officials should consider further investment in facilities and the workforce, expanding the components of the aerospace industry the region excels in and competing on qualities other than price, according to Jim Perschbach, executive vice president for business development at Port San Antonio, the reuse project at the former Kelly Air Force Base. The city specializes in maintenance, repair and overhaul, with a core competency in servicing aging types of airframes and engines, reported San Antonio Express-News. But it could strengthen its aerospace cluster by branching out to commercial paint application, satellite communications, landing gear and navigation …

Army Lab Forges Research Partnership with Maryland Groups

  • August 7, 2015
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The Army Research Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., last week established a formal partnership with local education, industry and workforce organizations to strengthen collaboration between researchers with the goal of delivering new technologies to the Army and further developing the region’s STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — workforce. One focus of the partnership will be the development of an open campus at Aberdeen Proving Ground which will provide space for researchers, industry and educators to collaborate on the development of new military technology. The Army Research Laboratory previously established a pilot open campus near the University of Maryland in College Park, where more than 465 people are working, reported the Baltimore Sun. “In the future, we hope to have a campus-like environment at APG where we can have groups come in and share experience and share facilities with Army researchers and government researchers,” said Thomas Russell, director of the Army lab …

Maryland Town Looks for Development Strategies to Raise Quality of Life for Navy Engineers

  • July 30, 2015
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In an effort to help Naval Support Facility Indian Head retain the younger members of its highly educated workforce, the town of Indian Head, Md., is looking for ways to offer amenities desired by millennials. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division, the largest tenant command at Indian Head, has not experienced difficulties attracting qualified engineers. It plans on hiring up to 250 engineers this year. The command’s problem is that new engineers are leaving after an average of 11 months. “And that’s something as a community we’ve got to address,” Brian Klaas, co-chairman of the Charles County Chamber of Commerce’s Military Alliance Council, said at the group’s meeting on Monday …

Anchorage’s Civilian Economy Could Use Several Thousand Veterans

  • July 23, 2015
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While the Army’s plan to cut 2,600 soldiers from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson will have some negative effects on Anchorage’s economy, transitioning personnel who elect to stay in the area will boost the local labor pool and have an opportunity to significantly benefit the region, according to a commentary published in the Alaska Dispatch News. Anchorage employers from a range of sectors have said they have job openings that are difficult to fill because of a lack of qualified candidates, write Bill Popp, president and CEO of the Anchorage Economic Development Corp., and Julie Saupe, president and CEO of Visit Anchorage. The city has only 8,500 unemployed workers. “The troops and their families who are facing the upcoming military drawdown are professional, skilled workers, and we have the jobs for them right here in Anchorage and Alaska. The Army’s loss is Alaska’s gain …

JBLM to Lose Medical Headquarters

  • July 9, 2015
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The Army’s Western Regional Medical Command will be moving to Hawaii, costing Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., about 60 jobs and a command position for a two-star general, officials confirmed this week. The move comes as the Army is consolidating its five regional medical commands into four headquarters. The medical command will relocate to Honolulu, home of the Army’s Pacific headquarters, reported the News Tribune. A deputy commander for the medical command, a position most likely assigned to a brigadier general, will remain at JBLM and focus on patient care throughout the Pacific …

Massachusetts Agency Launches Economic Diversification Study

  • June 29, 2015
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The Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP) has launched an economic diversification study to help the state cope with cutbacks in DOD spending by becoming less dependent on defense contracting. The organization recently was awarded a $400,000 grant from MassDevelopment, a state agency that received a $1.5 million grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment. MassMEP will help companies reposition toward commercial markets, Jack Healy, its president, told the Telegram. A large number of manufacturers providing critical systems to the defense industry will have a difficulty surviving when their customers diminish. The grant also will expand an initiative allowing undergraduates from Worcester Polytechnic Institute to teach a training curriculum to the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Of the about 87,000 jobs in the state supported by the defense industry, 43,000 are direct jobs, Healy said. The 87,000 positions do not include research and development or Small Business Innovation Research grant jobs. The study is expected to be completed in March 2016.

Task Force’s Efforts to Support Ohio Manufacturing Facility Begin ‘To Pay Off’

  • June 17, 2015
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Task Force LIMA, the local support organization for the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center, is moving ahead with several initiatives to promote the government-owned, contractor-operated tank and military vehicle production facility in northwestern Ohio. The task force has reached out to the Ohio Federal and Military Jobs Commission after the manufacturing facility was ignored in the commission’s report outlining ways to boost federal and military jobs in Ohio, reported limaohio.com. The group plans to nominate a representative to serve on the commission as soon as one of the current member’s terms expires. “I think it’s really important that we now have a partner in the state of Ohio, which is a new dynamic,” said Lima Mayor David Berger …

Air Force Offers Incentives to Trim Civilian Staffing at Headquarters

  • June 17, 2015
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The Air Force this week began offering buyouts and early retirement incentives to civilian workers to help it achieve a DOD initiative to reduce headquarters costs and staff levels by 20 percent. The incentives mark the third round of the service’s current workforce reduction effort, which is designed to eliminate redundant activities and improve efficiencies. “The Air Force is committed to using voluntary separation programs as much as possible before pursuing involuntary options,” said Debra Warner, the service’s director of civilian force policy. “The Air Force is committed to sustaining excellence, meeting fiscal requirements and minimizing negative impacts on our current permanent civilian workforce and their families …

Community Attempts to Raise Profile of Ohio Manufacturing Facility

  • May 19, 2015
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After the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in northwestern Ohio was ignored in a report from a state commission outlining ways to boost federal and military jobs in Ohio, officials in Lima are looking at ways to get the attention of state leaders. The strategic plan released in April by the Ohio Federal and Military Jobs Commission primarily focused on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and other installations in the state, reported limaohio.com. “The JSMC didn’t figure prominently into that,” Lima Mayor David Berger said at a meeting Monday of Task Force LIMA, the local support organization for the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center, a government-owned, contractor-operated tank and military vehicle production facility. It’s not clear how the group should connect with state leaders, he said. “How we got ignored in this initial report is not very explainable at this point. We just have to continue to pursue this relationship,” Berger said.

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