U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency are bringing thousands of new jobs to the area and will be setting up huge offices on base.
- Tim Lemke
Thursday, December 13, 2012
There was considerable attention focused on Fort Meade last year and its impact on Anne Arundel County, as the installation welcomed three new agencies as part of base realignment and closure (BRAC) activities. Odenton-Severn Patch reported that operation brought about 5,700 new jobs to Fort Meade, but the expansion there continues. U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency are bringing thousands of new jobs and will be setting up huge offices on base. Meanwhile, installation commander Col. Edward Rothstein is overseeing more than a dozen other projects ranging from the construction of a new Veterans Affairs health clinic, a new PX shopping center, a new hotel, new apartments and an indoor firing range. Click here to read more …
As first responders and community members gathered for a moment of silence on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Anne Arundel's county executive focused on what he said he sees as the next great threat.
Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold focused his remarks at a 9/11 memorial on Tuesday on the importance of cybersecurity. "Cyberterrorism will shut down our electrical grids, shut down our air-traffic-control system, shut down our financial networks," Leopold said. "We spend $4 billion on cyberdefense in this country, which is less than what we spend on agricultural subsidies. We need to do more." He called Anne Arundel County the epicenter of national security effort to combat cyberterrorism because of U.S. Cyber Command at Fort Meade. In 2011, Patch reported on an increase in congestion around Fort Meade as thousands of new workers commuted to the area on a daily basis. And in 2012, discrepancies between how the White House …