NSA/CSS opens newest facility in Georgia
NSA's Whitelaw building
The National Security Agency/Central Security Service is on a cryptological roll, opening a new center near Augusta, GA, on March 5, after opening a new facility in Hawaii in January as well as recently upgrading centers in Texas and Colorado.
The NSA officially opened its new NSA/CSS Georgia Cryptologic Center near Augusta at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 5 where officials emphasized how the $286 million complex will provide cryptologic professionals with the latest state-of-the-art tools to conduct signals intelligence operations, train the cryptologic workforce and enable global communications.
The new center, said the agency, is another step in the NSA’s efforts to further evolve a cryptologic enterprise that is resilient, agile, and effective in the face of current and future threat environment.
NSA/CSS said it had also opened a new facility in Hawaii in January and is also upgrading the cryptologic centers in Texas and Denver to make the agency’s global enterprise even more seamless.
NSA/CSS said its presence in Georgia began over 16 years at Ft. Gordon, when 50 people arrived to establish one of NSA’s Regional Security Operations Centers.
Gen. Keith Alexander, who commands the U.S. Cyber Command and is director, at NSA/Chief, CSS addressed the federal, state and local officials at the ceremony that NSA/CSS’s workforce had asked that one of the buildings in the complex be dedicated to John Whitelaw. They considered him influential to the establishment and success of the mission in Georgia, said Alexander. In 1995, Whitelaw was named the first Deputy Director of Operations for NSA Georgia and remained in that position until his death in 2004, he said.
“And there have been many successes here at NSA Georgia as evidenced by the fact that this site has won the Travis Trophy six times,” said Alexander. The Travis Trophy, said NSA is an annual award presented to those whose activities have made a significant contribution to NSA/CSS’s mission.
“This new facility will allow the National Security Agency to work more effectively and efficiently in protecting our homeland,” said Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA). “It will also attract more jobs to the Augusta area. The opening of this complex means that Georgians will play an even greater role in ensuring the safety and security of our nation.”