SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. – Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Rep. Bill Enyart (D-IL-12) announced Wednesday two new cyber protection squadrons are coming to Scott Air Force Base, creating 320 new jobs over the next two years.
The squadrons will come with a $16 million investment in the base, which is the third-largest employer in the St. Louis region, and create a leading role in cyber security operations supporting the Air Force.
"In the context of a base closure debate which has been going on in Washington this is an indication that Scott Air Force Base is considered one of the most important Air Force bases in America," Durbin said in a video released by his office.
According to a spokesperson for Durbin, development for the project will begin this fall and is contingent upon an environmental analysis scheduled to be complete by mid-July.
The high-tech cyber security jobs could lead to more civilian jobs in the future.