Fort Meade was used as a basic training post and a prisoner of war camp during World War II. In the 1950s, the post became headquarters of the National Security Agency (NSA). The post was scheduled to close in the 1990s, but was kept open to support the NSA. Today, Ft. Meade is often used as a metonym for the NSA.
As part of the U.S. Defense Department's 2005 Base Realignment and Closure process, several additional activities are scheduled to move to Fort Meade around 2010, including the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Adjudication and Office of Hearing and Appeals Offices, and several DoD media activities. Several parcels of land have been made available for commercial lease. In October 2007 the Army estimated that Fort Meade will gain about 5,700 jobs directly, and the area will see an increase of thousands more jobs for related businesses.
A September 2007 environmental impact report described the expansion, and particularly the proposed two additional 18-hole golf courses, as a "significant threat to the biological and territorial integrity of the Patuxent Research Refuge, a unique national interest in the forefront of scientific research and protection." In response, the Army said that it is taking steps to limit the environmental damage but that the golf courses are needed for "maintaining the quality of life for soldiers and their families."
CONTRACT AWARDED FOR CONSTRUCTION OF NEW DEFENSE INFORMATION SYSTEMS AGENCY BUILDING AT FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, MD.
Mar 03, 2008; The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Information Systems Agency issued the following press release: Defense Information...
LT. GOV. BROWN ANNOUNCES $4 MILLION FOR BASE REALIGNMENT AND CLOSURE TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS AT FORT GEORGE G. MEADE
Oct 14, 2010; FORT MEADE, Md., Oct. 13 -- The Maryland Department of Transportation issued the following news release: Lt. Governor Anthony G....