Kansas, Missouri launch program to promote local security initiatives

With seven major military bases and 11 national security installations seated near Kansas City, the governors of Kansas and Missouri announced the National Security Crossroads, a bipartisan, multi-state initiative to raise the profile of and improve national security missions in the area by highlighting the expanding base of security-related operations.

The Crossroads region stretches from Wichita and Manhattan, Kansas, to the bi-state St. Louis area and represents a growing base of military, cybersecurity, and public-private partnerships, officials said.

The program’s objectives are to attract and expand local federal missions, draw and retain a skilled workforce, increase interaction with federal agencies and improve veteran hiring.

The National Security Crossroads intends to facilitate collaboration between installations and educate state and federal legislators, as well as others in the region, on the value of the Crossroads and its associated missions.

The concept for the National Security Crossroads was developed at the Kansas City National Security Campus, which is managed and operated by Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies.

“The National Security Crossroads is a means for federal agencies to draw in potential partners and suppliers who can strengthen national security and velocity through an affiliated network,” Honeywell FM&T President Eric Wollerman said. “The Crossroads enables a smart network of partners to leverage contacts and information effectively throughout the region.”

“This partnership will leverage our region’s existing industry, dedicated personnel, and strategic location in the heart of the nation to support military missions and members, expand new technologies and industries, attract skilled workers, and drive economic growth through good-paying job creation for both Missouri and Kansas,” Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said.

“By leveraging our strategic location, strong military community, and existing cybersecurity partnerships, this initiative will make Kansas and Missouri integral to our national security for years to come,” Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said.

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