Hanscom contract workers face cuts

Feb 21, 2012 Full story: Boston.com

Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, once considered immune to major budget cuts, is set to lose three-quarters of its funding for contract workers and is facing the loss of hundreds of government jobs, according to Air Force documents and officials.

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Kestrel

New York, NY

#1 Feb 23, 2012
Hanscom has brought it on itself because of a decade or more of mismanagement. Do you think that the Air Force would be making these significant cuts to Hanscom and reduction from a 3 star organization to a 2 star organization if Hanscom was doing a great job? They have done such a poor job with programs that many operational users see Hanscom as a pariah, a sinkhole for money and resources that seldom delivers real capability. It is so process driven that it has lost sight of the fact that they it is supposed to deliver a product. Essentially, ESC can turn what should be a 24 month program into a 6 year program that delivers outdated capability to address requirements that have long since changed. This is a result of allowing an FFRDC to gain so much political power within the Air Force that it actually manipulated and ran ESC to the determent of the Air Force. It had so much power and influence that they could destroy the carriers of military officers and it did on many occasions while government senior management (both civilian and military) stood by and did nothing. If you want the real story as to why ESC is on the chopping block --- just follow the money and the growth of a certain FFRDC.

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