Hanscom AFB is a critical asset for the Air Force with a bright future, Secretary Heather Wilson said Thursday following a tour of the installation located outside of Boston. Wilson, who was accompanied by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), said the service is spending about $225 million on construction at the base and MIT Lincoln Laboratory. “It’s a huge investment for us, a tremendous commitment to Hanscom as a base,” Wilson said, reported the Lowell Sun. … To counter the threat posed by a cyberattack on the nation’s critical infrastructure, military installations should be able to operate independently of the electric grid, either permanently or on a short-term basis, Robert Knake, the director for cybersecurity policy at the National Security Council during the Obama administration, said in a recent interview. Knake, now a senior research scientist at Northeastern University’s Global Resilience Institute, also suggested the commercial grid should be moved offline onto a separate internet for critical infrastructure, according to a Washington Post op-ed.
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