NSA Behemoth Underway in…Utah

Posted: January 6, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Utah, eh?

Real estate in and around the beltway probably priced this out of the Northern Virginia/Maryland area, and with Robert Byrd having departed the fix, West Virginia somehow fell below the line as well.

Instead, Utah it will be, where the NSA and Corps of Engineers have broken ground on the Utah Spy Center:

Thursday’s groundbreaking for a $1.5 billion National Security Agency data center is being billed as important in the short term for construction jobs and important in the long term for Utah’s reputation as a technology center.

"This will bring 5,000 to 10,000 new jobs during its construction and development phase," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said on Wednesday. "Once completed, it will support 100 to 200 permanent high-paid employees."

Is it still good form to brag about the taxpayers bearing the burden for permanent high-paid employees?  But Senator Hatch is correct, it is quite a few bodies and $1.5 billion used to be a lot of money not that long ago.  I wonder how much more secure it will make the nation…

…the complex, which is scheduled to include 100,000 square feet for the data center and 900,000 square feet for technical support and administrative space

Ah, the tooth to tail ratio: one to nine.


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