NGA earns higher profile, new home

Ground has been broken at Fort Belvoir, Va., for a new headquarters for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).

"For the first time in NGA's history, our eastern operations will be consolidated in one location," said Vice Adm. Robert B. Murrett, director of NGA. "The impact of this mission deployment to our operations, resources and culture will go a long way toward furthering our organizational continuity, the stability that we all rely upon at NGA, and most of all our mission effectiveness."

The facility, which has a project price tag of $1.4 billion, will include 2.4 million square feet of administrative and support space and is scheduled to be completed by September 2011.

Currently, NGA operates out of facilities in Bethesda, Md., that are owned by the Army. The agency also leases facilities in Reston, Va.

NGA operations in St. Louis and Arnold, Mo., will not be affected by the construction of the new headquarters.

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Patrick Marshall is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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